Chinelo Martha Nwosu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has promised to partner with the members of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on voter awareness and active participation in politics through voting during election to entrench development.

The partnership was reached when the executive members of the council paid a courtesy visit on the commission at its headquarters in Owerri on Tuesday.

Welcoming the group, Resident Electoral Commission (REC) Imo State, Prof Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, challenged youths to participate effectively in election to enable them elect God- fearing and competent persons in various political seats so that good leadership will be enthroned for social economic advancement of the society.

The REC while advising the council to mobilize the youth to register with INEC for their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to enable them decide who governs them, vowed that the commission will engage NYCN on voter awareness campaign and other activities to achieve tangible electoral result.

“PVC is a civic responsibility which should not be taken for granted. You should try to talk to the youth on the need to register with INEC and participate actively in politics. We are very much available to partner and work with NYCN. We want every youth organization in the state to be proactive in politics as the original owners of this country. We will keep our doors open for NYCN. Imo State belongs to the youth and you should speak with one voice. Do not be carried away by money from ill- politicians who are bent on enriching their pockets at the detriment of the people who own the state”, Ezeonu reiterated.

Speaking earlier, the Imo State chapter Chairman of NYCN, Barr Comr Ezinwanne Chimuanya Udoka, noted that the visit was geared for partnership with the commission on the need to spur people especially youths on registering with INEC on PVC as well as participate effectively in election to enhance a better society where all persons will live well and comfortably.

NYCN pointed out that “voter apathy is alarming in Imo State as the people no longer believe in electoral system of the country due to tribalism, religion, greed, hatred and corruption. Hence we want to partner with INEC to create more awareness to our people to involve in politics by voting in election. NYCN will continue to do its best to motivate youths on good behavior and civic responsibility. We commend INEC for conducting credible election in Ananabra State and we look forward to having free and fair election in Imo State in 2023”.