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Group targets 7,000 youths for Anambra governorship poll

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A CIVIL society organization, YIAGA Africa, said it had voted N2 million to support civic projects aimed at mobilising young people to register and vote in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

  Communications Director of YIAGA Africa,  Chinemerem Onuorah, disclosed this at a two-day Voter Mobilisation Lab and Training in Awka, yesterday.

  According to her, the project was conceived in response to Gov. Willie Obiano’s call on ndi Anambra from all walks of life to participate in the eforthcoming election.

  “We are doing this to partner Gov. Willie Obiano in deepening participatory democracy in Anambra State. We will mobilise over 7,000 youths to participate in electoral processes. We launched the Anambra #POWERof18 Challenge in June and called for entries out of which 10 best project ideas from different local government areas in Anambra State were selected from a pool of over 100 applications. “The 10 finalists will get N200, 000 grant each to empower them for the task of mobilising 700 young people each, especially first-time voters to participate in the ongoing voter registration and also vote in the election,” she said.

  Explaining that an estimated 4.5 to 5 million Nigerians turn 18 every year, added that this implies that every four years or election year, about 18 to 20 million new voters are ready to hit the ballot.

“If we do not mobilise them, we will be disenfranchising over 18 to 20 million voters. So, the intention is to catch them young, get them to register and vote wisely,” she said.

  Programme Manager of YIAGA Africa, Ibrahim Faruq, expressed confidence that with the grant, the state would experience an increased number of youths registering, getting their permanent voter cards and voting in the governorship election.

  One of the participants, Obianuju Uyanne, said the grant would enable her to move around and ‘Evangelise’ her fellow youths for good governance and the need for them to participate in electoral processes while another participant, Nonso Okechukwu promised to deploy free data as incentives to motivate and encourage students to participate in the electoral process.

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