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2019 Elections: Customs Comptroller General advocates voter education

The Comptroller General of Nigerian Custom Service, Mr. Hameed Ali, says the success of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming General Election depends a lot on voter education and campaigns in local communities.

Ali who is also the National Leader of the Buhari Support Organisation, BSO stated this in an interview with journalists when the support group visited a local community and Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Karamajiji community of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The BSO volunteers while speaking with the people in the community taught them how to thumb print and how to identify the party they want to vote for on the ballot paper.

Mr Ali explained that voter education was very important in this election because of the number of candidates that were contesting for the presidency.

This visit is first and foremost to familiarize ourselves with the communities but most importantly is for us to do two things, we are doing the door to door campaign, canvassing for votes for APC presidential candidate and secondly, we are undertaking the voter education which is very important, very key to the success of our party. As you are aware, there are going to be about 73 parties contesting for presidency so unlike the previous election that we had where the contestants are few and therefore it is very easy for people to make out what is on ballot paper, so the success of our party in the election is dependent on voter education so we have taken it upon ourselves to reach out to communities and educate them on how they should vote, what needs to be done, how they should do it and more so that the ballot paper is going to be big so how should they fold it without rendering the ballot paper invalid Ali said.

He added that the door to door campaign and voter education will be done in all the 36 states in the country.

We have coordinators in all the 36 states of the federation including FCT, we have gathered all these 36 coordinators, in every state, we have asked them to send 2 representatives, that’s the coordinator and somebody else, those people are now being trained by our own experts on how to do the door to door vote canvassing and also how to do the voter education. We are doing the practical aspect of that training now after this today all of them will go back to their state and we expect that they will replicate the same training to their local government representatives, to our ward representatives and then every one of our members will be out knocking on doors and undertaking this exercise that you saw us doing today he said.

Mr Ali noted that the Disability law the president passed would take care of all the challenges people loving with disability have.

Also speaking, a member of the BSO Strategic Team, Mr Tom Ohikere said the organisation would not take anything for granted in ensuring the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming elections.

He stressed that voter education and the door-to-door campaigns would enhance APC’s chances in the coming elections.

The volunteers visited the Agwan Gurugu (Emir of the Physically Challenged) in Karamajiji, Alhaji Suleiman Kastina.

The Emir assured the group that his people would ensure the re-election of President Buhari by voting for him in the coming election.

Source: Voice of Nigeria