INEC ready to support FACE Initiative on Vote Not Fight Campaign – Timidi Wariowey


May 2, 2023

By Mercy Onyenweli 

The head of department of Voters Education and Publicity , Edo INEC, Mr. Timidi Wariowey has assured FACE Initiative coordinators of INEC support to the “Vote Not Fight “(VNF) campaign ahead of the 2023 general election.

Mr. Timidi Wariowey who spoke during a coutsey visit by FACE Initiative 7 Man Committee along with the Bayelsa coordinators of ” Vote Not Fight” lamented over the lakasdiscal behaviours of electorates  in the collection of PVCs .

He disclosed that the commission has about 473,000 ( Four *hundred* and seventy three thousand) uncollected voters card in their custody.

He called on those who participated in the voters registration that are yet to pick up their voters card to do so before the general election.

He said those who registered before 2019 general election are yet to collect their PVCs, while  out of those that registered in the month of June , just 10,000 electorates have collected their PVCs.

According to him,  so many persons who participated in the voters registration either because they lost their voters card or it was damaged along the process only succeeded in disqualifying their validity to vote in the upcoming election because their information were already on the INEC data base.

He furthered said that INEC would soon display the voters registration register for the general public to see as only names that appeared on the register will be the ones to vote .

Speaking earlier, the Executive Director of FACE Initiative, Mr. Inatimi Peter Odio explain the mission of Vote Not Fight Campaign in South South, Nigeria.

According to Mr. Peter,the FACE Initiative in collaboration with National Democratic Institute (NDI) and some other organizations have inaugurated 7 Man Committee that were drawn from different institutions to raise the awaereness on the need for politicians to conduct their speech during electioneering campaign to avoid violence erupting in the process.

He said Vote Not Fight Campaign is going on currently in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo State respectively.

He emphasized that the reason why the team is made up of stàkeholders from NOA, Media , Civil Society Organizations, INEC and Road Drivers Association and others is to spread the message to the right quarters.

Meanwhile , the Program Officer of FACE Initiative, Mrs. Bogofanyo Inengibo appealed to INEC to release one of their staff to FACE Initiative Vote Not Fight Campaign to paly the role of voters Education as it would go a long way to help the team achieve it’s mandate.

She said, in the seven Man Committee, each representative will be playing a key role representing their Constitutency in the campaign of Vote Not Fight.

The Edo State cordinator  1 of Vote Not Fight, Mrs Ashetu Edekor also expressed the readiness of her committee to commence advocacy across the state to ensure the upcoming election is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

She added that the campaign of Vote Not Fight  is non partisan that is open to work for the general wellbeing of Edo People in the upcoming election.

In a similar development, the Hon. Commissioner for Youth and humanitarian affairs, Hon. Chris Nehikhare assured  FACE Initiative Vote Not Fight Campaign team of the support to spread the message of Vote Not Fight to the youths who according to him should be the focus of the campaign.

He stated this when the FACE Initiative team paid him a visit in his office to intimate him of  their advocacy campaign as electioneering campaign Commences.

He added that he will be part of the Vote Not Fight Campaign march to ensure the aim of the campaign is achieved as electioneering activities kick off in Edo State.

Present at the event were  staff of FACE Initiative  from Bayelsa,
Mr Inatimi Peter Odio ,Mrs Bogofanyo I Perekebina 
Mr Ayebakuro Odio,Mrs Ngonabo Mary Ikuromo 
Ms Olaladiza Princess Abah-Marcus  and members of the 7 Man Committee of Vote Not Fight Campaign, NOA representative, Barr. Mrs. Ose Akohon, the CSO 2 Mr. Edwin Asibor, Ms. Mercy Onyenweli.

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