CrossRiverWatch Editors, Over 300 Others Inducted As #MyVoteMyVoice Advocates

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Y-Monitor, a project of The Future Project has selected, trained, and inducted three  CrossRiverWatch Editors and over 300 others as advocates for its #MyVoteMyVoice campaign.

The Editors are Archibong Jeremiah, Ogar Monday, and Patrick Obia. The induction took place after a two days intensive workshop.

The workshop broke down key areas of the Electoral Act, and strategies to engage others within their communities to get their Permanent Voters Cards, vote rightly in the upcoming 2023 elections, cross-check electoral officials, and follow those elected throughout their tenure in office.

Beyond community engagement, the workshop aimed at training the advocates on the probable social media strategies for sensitizing people on active and popular political participation in the elections.

The Advocates were selected across the 36 States and the FCT Abuja, they were urged to create as much impact as possible.

Day one had the Founder of YIAGA Africa, Mr. Samson Itodo took the advocates through the “Top 10 Provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022”.
He maintained that the advocates are critical stakeholders in strengthening democratic tenets during and after elections.

Presenting on the topic “How to Use Media for Election Advocacy” Associate Professor of Mass Communication at the University of Ilorin, Dr. Saudat Sallah said there is a need to use the media both mainstream and online to enlighten the people.

She said as advocates as drivers should be persuasive and help arouse the people to do the needful.

The next day, Mr. Olufemi Joshua, the publisher of Dataphyte spoke on “Strategies of Conducting an Effective Voter Education Campaign in Nigeria”.

He said: “When we talk about voter education, we are referring to the behavior change education of the voter. We need to shift from only telling voters to register and cast their votes, but also to stay safe with their vote, monitor the election, and follow those elected throughout their tenure.”

After inducting the advocates, the Senior Advisor, The Future Project, Mrs. Bukonla Adebukin encouraged the advocates to be good ambassadors of the project. She took them through the ropes of what is expected of them.

Mrs. Bukonla implored the electorate to weigh the candidate’s manifestos and make the right choice.

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