Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) partnered with Women Children Youth Health and Education Initiative (WCY); embarked on Voters Education and enlightenment campaign in Darazo LGA, Bauchi state. The Executive Director (ED), WCY and her team were at the Darazo LGA secretariat to meet with the Sole Administrator of the LGA to brief him on their mission to the LGA. The Sole Administrator was pleased to receive the team and express the LGAs readiness to support the process in whatever way possible. He then thanked the team and wished them well and assured WCY of safety within the LGA. The team went out to the town in conjunction with the LGA director social development to mobilize women and young girls of voting age to educate them on the forth coming general election. WCY Team met with over 200 women at ‘Gidan gwona’ primary school and enlightened them on the need for them to visit the INEC LGA office to collect their voter’s cards as the deadline for collection was 8th February, 2019. They were told of the procedure for voting, accreditation and voting processes and they were encouraged to come out and exercise their franchise to vote for any candidate of their choice without intimidation. They were sensitized against vote selling or any rowdiness/unruliness before, during and after the election. The ED, WCY emphasized to the women not to wear the traditional henna (Lele) on their thumb as that could make the card reader not to read their finger print easily. She advice that if possible they can suspend that till after the election in order for them to choose who will represent them in government. She further stated the time schedules for elections and the way the ballot paper is structured. She advised voters to know the Party which they want to choose because the voting card carries only the name of the party and its logo, not the name of the aspirants.
The team was also at the Government Day Girls secondary school, Darazo, where they met with the SS3 students who are of voting age and educated them of their right to vote after attaining the age of 18years. In all the places visited, emphasis was also made on how to thumb print the ballot to avoid invalidated/voided votes. The women were also cautioned against election violence.
Over 250 women were sensitized during the 3days exercise. The WCY team distributed the posters around some key places in the Local government.