In a bid to enhance voter sensitization and mobilization ahead of the 2023 general elections, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Yiaga Africa have synergized to ensure the mobilization of 29 million young voters through the #SixtyPercentofUs voter awareness initiative with WeVote as an implementing partner.
As part of the initative, WeVote will be implementing the bus project over the next 3 months, which will provide free transportation to facilitate the registration and collection of permanent voters cards by Nigerians living in remote communities.
The initiative is focused on mobilizing women and youths to register and collect their Permanent Voters Cards across states with low voter registration rates in Nigeria.
Speaking at a press conference announcing the launch, Samson Itodo of Yiaga Africa said,
“The #SixtyPercentOfUs project aims to leverage this opportunity ahead of the 2023 elections and will host a number of activities that will create platforms for civic engagement and access to information.”
Also speaking at the joint conference, the country representative of the UNDP, Mohamed Yahaya stated that women holds a very critical role in the decision making of any nation that is seeking growth. He stated that the United Nations is working relentlessly to ensure that those goals are achieved as he made reference to the recent visit of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres to Nigeria who also made a case for women to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Yahaya also noted that as much as women inclusion is critical to the 2023 polls, the youth holds a chunk of the responsibility to spur others to participate at the forthcoming polls.