Wednesday, 30 November, 2022


Voting in Nigeria is a civic duty

Voting is indeed our civic responsibility, not an election day transaction.

In Nigeria today It is one of the fundamental tools by which our country has guaranteed our inalienable rights throughout our young history. Today we live in a multi-cultural society. We have representatives in our government who cross race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and so on. For the first time in Nigerian history, we have the youth keen on taking their stance and pushing to benefit from their vote.

Millions of citizens from various tribes are prospering and thriving in our democratic system. Frankly, we cannot fathom living in a society based on segregation and injustice and cannot continue to ignore our rights. Another responsibility of citizens is voting. The law does not require citizens to vote, but voting is a very important part of any democracy. By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process. Citizens vote for leaders to represent them and their ideas, and the leaders support the citizens’ interests.

Let us know your thoughts so far, Your Vote Counts. (TNN Poll)

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While we look at these moments as signs of progress, In other words, your vote determines who will affect public policy in all three branches of
the federal government—executive, legislative, and judicial. For state and local governments, the process is the same. In fact, everything you do in society can be determined by public policy—where you work, shop, live, and go to school. Three words say it all: Your Vote Counts.

Most of us believe that all-important decisions take place at the federal executive and legislative levels. It’s true that millions of public Naira flow from the federal government to state and local bodies, and that is a public-policy driver. But how we are governed in our everyday lives often depends on the officials we elect in our own backyard.

So, if you are concerned about good schools, crime prevention, clean air and water, and decent public transportation, you must vote for those who you believe will represent your interests. That means you need to participate in elections for your city councilperson, mayor, state senator, state delegate, and governor. What happens when people don’t vote? Here is one scenario: You do not believe your vote counts; no matter what, there is corruption and nothing will change.

So you abstain from voting on Election Day. Voter turnout is low, which invariably favors the incumbents—the very folks with whom you are not happy. Despite your unhappiness, they are re-elected. The result is that the candidates who could have best represented you do not get into office, and once again you are left despondent about your local government. Ask yourself: In this scenario, how can things get better? I believe that change can never happen unless we vote. Despite all the challenges we face in this society, despite all of the messiness of democracy that we see on television
and read about in the media, this system of government belongs to us. We pay for it. We hire people to make decisions for us, and if we are not satisfied with their performance, every election cycle we can fire them and hire others. Why would you not participate in this?

What do you have to lose? .We’re hoping that you vote for the local and state candidates who support the issues you believe in. Vote for the amendments relevant to your life. Vote for your community, your family, your friends, for clean air and water, for control over your body, for love over hate. Vote because so many in power don’t want you to exercise that right. Acknowledge the flaws in our party system and the scourge of voter suppression. Vote, and then go out and keep working toward the world you want to live in.

Your voice matters as the nation gear up for the 2023 elections. Every day, we engage communities around the country to help amplify the need to vote to deliver lasting change. At the same time, we seek to fight poverty with the help of thousands of constituent voices nationwide advocating for Nigeria policy reforms that will ensure current and future generations benefit from the change we achieve today.

Creating change for a better world – from ending national poverty to empowering women and girls to live a life free from violence – starts with elected leaders who will champion these national issues. Candidates and members of these parties have to listen to voters, and we know that even a few voices can make a big difference.

So, why does your voice and your vote matter in 2023? It is important to engage and starts shaping candidates’ views on important national issues, like equality, justice, poverty, and more to enable building back a more just and equal country. Scheduling. The nature of democracy is that elected officials are accountable to the people, and they must return to the voters at prescribed intervals to seek their mandate to continue in office. For that reason, most democratic constitutions provide that elections are held at fixed regular intervals.

It is your right to vote to decide who leads us. Do you have your PVC?

There are things you can do to get involved:

  • Be informed! Read up on and research Nigeria’s political issues (both local and national) and figure out where you stand.
  • Get out and talk to people. Even if you do not feel like voting, you can still voice opinions on social media, in your school or local newspaper, or other public forums. You never know who might be listening.
  • Volunteer. If you support a particular candidate, you can work on their campaign by participating in outreach, writings, or volunteering at campaign headquarters. Your work can help get candidates elected, even if you are not able to vote yourself.

Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of Nigerian life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same kind of freedom, No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights.

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