ABUJA – Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (NEPWHAN), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) said it used mobile telephone’s Short Messages Service (SMS) platform to mobilise members on the general elections.
The group said that it particularly used the platform to sensitise the members to Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collection.
National Coordinator of the organisation, Mr Edward Ogenyi, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Ogenyi said that it was important members of the group were mobilised on the electoral processes through the fastest means, including electronic platforms.
“Right from time, we use emails and text messages to talk to and empower them on how necessary it is to collect the PVCs and be part of the electoral process,” he said.
He said that workshops and other gatherings were also being utilised in educating and encouraging the members to participate actively in the elections.
“I have my PVC with me and many of our members have collected their cards too with the help of SMS, emails and constant talk with them.
“Since we have assurance from the security agencies, we should be rest assured, collect our cards, go out and vote for the candidates of our choice.
“Running away on election days is not the solution; we can solve our challenges by voting the right candidates,’’ he said.
Ogenyi, therefore, urged members who were yet to collect their PVCs to do so, and ensure that they exercised their civic rights.
He also advised youths to shun violence and never allow politicians to use them as thugs during and after the elections.
“The youths need to reflect on the past and see that they will gain nothing from being used as thugs; they are to join hands and build Nigeria.’’
According to him, the youths have everything to develop the country and they must also ensure they have a brighter future.
Ogenyi called on Nigerians to come out en masse to vote candidates of their choices and ensure violence-free elections.