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Published On: Mon, Oct 27th, 2014

Youth critical to electoral process – Minister

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Mr Boni HarunaBy Albert Akota

The Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna has declared that the youth are critical to the success of the electoral process as the nation prepares for the next general elections in 2015.

The Minister disclosed this yesterday, when he received in audience the delegation of a Goodluck Support Group; Vibrant, Transformation, Awareness Leadership Development Initiative (VITALDI), led by its Deputy National Coordinator, Senator Stella Omu.

Mr. Haruna opined that with the youth accounting for over 65 percent of the population, they must be effectively mobilized to actively participate in the upcoming elections. He stated that there is no nation that would not give prominence to its youth population because of their link between the present and future development.

While therefore commending the organization for focusing on youth mobilization as a strategy for attaining success in next year’s election, the Minister pledged to work assiduously with any organization that would enhance the leadership capacity and overall economic and political development of the nation’s youth. He promised to support the activities of the group, especially on the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Still on the electoral process, Mr. Haruna urged the group to join the campaign to raise awareness about the need to put in place necessary legislative mechanism that would ensure that internally displaced persons are not deprived of their civic responsibility during the elections in 2015.

He observed that though the Electoral Law only provides for individuals who relocate from his primary constituency to apply to vote, he emphasized the imperative to give opportunity to those internally displaced people to be registered and to vote next year.

The Minister thus called for prompt action on the part of the National Assembly and INEC to avoid such a scenario where voters would not be able to vote as it is their constitutional right.

In her remarks, the leader of the delegation, Senator Stella Omu disclosed that the objective of the group is to mobilize the youth to support President Goodluck Jonathan for his re-election in 2015 presidential election.

She likewise revealed that the group was amongst other programmes, planning to organize a security summit, which would allow stakeholders to brainstorm on the current insecurity in the country and how to ensure security and stability before the elections next year.


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