Youths in Ogun State have been charged to utilise their voting numbers and come together to form a common force, in order to make their impact in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State.
Chairman of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Mr Babatunde Osibodu, said this while fielding questions from OGIS correspondent in Abeokuta, advising them not to be used by any individual or political party to perpetrate violence.
“Those who fall between the age bracket of 18 and 35 are no doubt the majority, they can come together to form a common force and make bold statement politically. If this is done, they would not need any Godfather, this is the time they need to make good use of their strength and number”, Osibodu said.
He added that the Commission is synergising with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, to ensure the protection of the electorates, as well as electoral materials, saying it would guide against electoral malpractices, to further build confidence of the people.
Meanwhile, OGSIEC has advised prospective voters who either relocated from a different State or have moved from their former place of residence to a new one within the State, to contact the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to be able to vote in the forthcoming Local Government elections.
Osibodu, explained that the Commission do not have the power to carry out continuous voter’s registration and polling unit’s delimitation, as such powers reside solely with INEC.
“The Commission has been inundated with enquiries by people who either relocated from other States or changed their places of residence, but are willing to vote in the forthcoming Local Government elections in Ogun State on what to do considering the fact that they are to vote in the place they registered.
They are to seize the opportunity of the Continuous Voter Registration to be embarked upon by INEC from Monday, June 28, 2021’’, he said.