Ride-hailing platform, Bolt, announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Advocacy for Civic Engagement (ACE), an NGO, to launch MyPVCJourney, aimed at encouraging public participation in the ongoing permanent voter registration.
Bolt Country Manager, Femi Akin-Laguda, said in a statement that the campaign was aimed at educating Nigerians and promoting non-partisan voter awareness and participation in the Nigerian electoral process.
The strategic partnership between Bolt and ACE - is a youth-led NGO working through the WeVote initiative to encourage voter participation - also serves as a form of social accountability by educating Nigerians on their civic rights, responsibilities and creating a step-by-step awareness of the country’s PVC registration and collection processes.
“Bolt community engagement efforts as an organisation includes various initiatives to continuously show its commitment to developing the socio-political and economic landscape in Nigeria
“As the leading ride-hailing platform in the country, we work closely with relevant stakeholders like the ACE Centre, to create a direct positive impact on communities, showcased with initiatives like MyPVCJourney.
“With transportation being a key factor limiting voter participation, MyPVCJourney further aims to reduce the challenges of electoral participation by providing mobility for Nigerians to identify and access their nearest PVC registration locations.
“The initiative also encourages individuals to pledge via a newly launched microsite by Bolt, with over 16, 000 Nigerians showing their commitment to the PVC process.
“As a partner for growth, we understand that we have a responsibility to educate and create awareness for more people to be part of the electoral process and how this initiative can inspire and help them achieve social accountability,” he said.
Also speaking, Obinna Osisiogu, Executive Director at ACE Centre and Convener of the WeVote initiative, said: “As a non-partisan and non-governmental organisation, we are determined to reduce voter apathy to its lowest level, especially among young, upwardly mobile Nigerians.
“We applaud Bolt for its commitment through its MyPVCJourney initiative to mobilise Nigerians to register and vote by making it easier to locate and visit PVC registration centers.
“WeVote is pleased to collaborate with Bolt as knowledge and creative partner on this initiative.
“We are designed to leverage collaborations with the private and public sectors, faith-based organisations, non-profit and other stakeholders of good governance to ensure the message that ‘every vote count’ is spread to every corner of the country.
“We hope other organisations can key into this movement to ensure every eligible Nigerian is registered to vote,” he said.
He encouraged Nigerians to play their part in the electoral process by pledging to commence their PVC process on http://www.mypvcjourney.ng
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