Saturday, 7 August 2010

News Release: MakeYourVotesCount to Launch Election Fraud Monitoring Committee

As part of efforts to mobilize Nigerians to participate effectively in the 2011 general elections, MakeYourVotesCount (MYVC), an organisation dedicated to free, fair and credible elections is set to launch a national Election Fraud Monitoring Committee. The launch will be the highlight of the south-east zonal town hall of the organization scheduled to hold in Owerri, Imo State, on Friday, August 13, 2010.

The Owerri town hall meeting will be the fifth town hall meeting organized by MYVC in the last one year to generate awareness on the need for Nigerians to vote in elections and ensure that their votes decide the outcome of elections.

The other town hall meetings were held in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Awka.

The focus of the Owerri town hall meeting will be on how to make votes count in the 2011 elections. The interactive town hall meeting will bring together about 500 young people, including students, youth activists, corps members, representatives of political parties, INEC, National Orientation Agency (NOA), the police, security agencies, NGOs, and members of civil society to discuss how to ensure that all eligible voters in Nigeria’s south-east zone register to vote, vote during election and defend their votes.

Participants will emerge at the end of the meeting with a clear blueprint on how to safeguard their votes in the 2011 elections. It is expected that participants will form a voluntary group to be known as the Election Fraud Monitoring Committee (EFMC) to ensure that citizens’ votes count during the 2011 elections.

The Owerri zonal town hall meeting will be held in partnership with the following organizations: the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and PADDI Foundation.

More town hall meetings are planned in other geo-political zones as we count down to what appears to be Nigeria’s most crucial election ever.


Chido Onumah
Coordinator, Makeyourvotescount

Date: Friday, August 13, 2010
Venue: Bishop Conference Hall, Pastoral Centre, Wethedral Road, Owerri,
Imo State
Time: 11am – 3pm