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SixtyPercentOfUs: Yiaga Africa, UNDP facilitate Over 85000 Nigerians to register to vote

Yiaga Africa and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have facilitated the Voter registration of over 85000 Nigerians through the #SixtyPercentOfUs project. This was revealed during a two-day After-Action Review meeting of the project with partners from across implementing states. 

Participants at the After-Action Review Meeting
Participants at the After-Action Review Meeting

This project which was launched in May seeks to leverage all conventional and unconventional tools of political mobilization to encourage young women and men to not only register, but to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and turnout to vote in the 2023 general elections. This is with the assurance that if 60% of eligible young Nigerians shun political apathy and turn out to vote, their numbers can determine the next set of leaders. 

A cross-section of participants at the After-Action Review Meeting
A cross-section of participants at the After-Action Review Meeting

The project is strategically focused on the states with low voter registration turnout and PVC collection rates across the country based on data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Prior to the launch of the project, data from INEC showed that the Continuous Voter Registration figures in fourteen states - Enugu, Imo, FCT, Lagos, Zamfara, Kebbi, Ogun, Ondo, Gombe, Plateau, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Yobe and Benue - was less than 100,000. 

More participants at the After-Action Review Meeting
More participants at the After-Action Review Meeting

However, data from INEC at the conclusion of the CVR exercise showed that there was an increase of an average of 207% in these fourteen states. This spike was made possible through the #SixtyPercentOfUs project, which used the innovative approach of mobilizing a cohort of young people across these 14 states to aggressively mobilize young voters to register for their PVCs in order to vote in the 2023 general elections. 

Speaking at the review meeting, Deryck Fritz, a representative of the UNDP stated that the gathering was a means of reflecting on the actions of the implementing partners, and to improve on strategies that will ensure a 60% youth voter turnout in 2023. In his words, "the first phase is concluded; now we must get these registered young people to collect their PVCs and vote."

Deryck Fritz, the UNDP Representative
Deryck Fritz, the UNDP Representative

At the review meeting, the cohort of young mobilizers under the project presented the work they have done in their states, revealing the challenging aspects of navigating the rigours of voter mobilization, as well as sharing lessons learned that will improve the approaches towards youth political participation in Nigeria.

  Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

Samson Itodo, the Executive Director of Yiaga Africa expressed appreciation and applause for these young people, stating that "if Nigeria will change, it will take the patriotism and determination of young Nigerians such as yourself."

He emphasized that he was impressed to see young men and women who are carrying the burden of a generation that is determined to alter our nation's history. 

Deryck Fritz, the UNDP Representative; Samson Itodo, the Executive Director, Yiaga Africa; and Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa
Deryck Fritz, the UNDP Representative; Samson Itodo, the Executive Director, Yiaga Africa; and Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa

At the end of the presentation and reflection, data collated from across fourteen states of implementation revealed that through this intervention by Yiaga Africa and the UNDP,  85,649 young Nigerians have registered to vote, of which 44,667 were female and 40,982 were male.

Participants during a brainstorming session at the After-Action Review Meeting
Participants during a brainstorming session at the After-Action Review Meeting

 

 

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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.