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Arm Yourself with Knowledge of Electoral Act, Constitution – Yiaga Africa Challenges Osun CSOs

Post election engagement with CSOs in Osun

Yiaga Africa has called on the leadership of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and media in Osun State to arm themselves with the knowledge of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Nigerian Constitution in order to engage citizens from an informed perspective. This call was made by its Board member, Ezenwa Nwagwu on Thursday in Osogbo during a post-election debrief with leadership of CSOs and media in the state.

According to Ezenwa, “the essence of this post-election meeting is to examine how we can improve in future elections. The engagement will enable us to harvest all the granular details about the July Osun Governorship election from the lenses of the CSOs who participated in the election, in the state." 

Yiaga Africa Board Ezenwa Nwagwu speaking during CSO Post election engagement in  Osun

He however said, before CSOs can engage the process and suggest recommendations, they first must have adequate knowledge about the laws guiding the process and the constitution. 

He said, “most times, people perceive election as an event but for us at Yiaga Africa, we see election as a process that commences with pre-election environment, election day and post- election engagement”. 

While it is important to analyse the successes and challenges of election stakeholders, he said it is also important to put the mirror before us and review performance of CSOs during the election and how they can lead citizens' engagement beyond elections. This will influence policies as the recommendations from the engagement can go to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other election stakeholders to improve the process going forward.  

CSOs post-election debrief in Osun

“It is the recommendations, reports and interventions of CSOs in the past that is yielding the incremental progress currently being experienced in the electoral process,” he reiterated.

Also speaking during the event, the Chairperson of Osun State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ayegbayo Motunrayo lauded stakeholders for their effort on an improved electoral process. She said there are a lot of lessons learnt and opportunities to increase citizens participation.

NAWOJ Chair, Osun State Mrs Motunrayo

In his remarks, the chairman of Osun State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Wasiu Ajadosu, commended Yiaga Africa, INEC, and other stakeholders for their support at the election. He urged INEC not to regard the Osun election as a perfect process, but to focus on how to improve further elections.

Also, President of Network of Non-Governmental Organisations in Osun, Mr Michael Oluseyi, commended security agencies for their professional conduct during the election and charged INEC to look for ways of curbing vote buying and selling in future elections.

 

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Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.