The Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria coalition today had a press briefing at
the Place Lounge, N0 45 Isaac John Street GRA Lagos to launch the RSVP
Campaign ahead of the voter registration exercise.
The four letters represent four key activities that young people need to
complete successfully in order to have a positive impact on the 2011
general elections and guarantee their place at the table in determining
1. Register to vote
2. Select credible candidates (having scrutinized the options)
4. Protect their votes.
EiE Nigeria is a coalition of young professionals and youth organizations
committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public
accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and the mobilization
of the youth population as responsible citizen. We are non-partisan
For the purpose of the elections, we believe that young Nigerians should
be educated, motivated and mobilized to actively and positively
participate in the 2011 elections and beyond.
Hence the need for the press briefing, Ahead of the January 15 to 29th
voter registration exercises. The coalition calls on all Nigerians,
especially within the 18 to 35 age bloc, to turn up at all the polling
station close to their location and register. Their ability to be part of
the registration process, will give them an opportunity to elect leaders
of choice and thereby allow Nigerians decide on whom to govern them.
As part of our line-up activities to mobilize young Nigerians, the group
is organizing a ‘’celebrity walk’’ where young Nigerians will meet up
celebrities at designated locations within their locale and they will all
walk to registration units, where they can be registered alongside the
In the course of the voter registration exercise, Nigerians are going to
be asked to send in reports on the registration via e-mails, sms and the
social networking sites twitter, facebook. Also a hotline has been set up
to respond to calls from persons who have problems registering in their
polling booths so we can engage the Independent National Electoral
Commission INEC to sort out registration challenges.
These are some of the other things lined up for the project.
• For voter Registration: Face to face forums: Campaign messages will be
customized for certain youth constituencies. Through Campus Hall and Town
Hall Meetings (THMs), hustings and get-out-the-voters, messages will be
communicated. This voter education is funded by INEC, and we will be
covering the six Geo-political zones, and online blackout.
• For selecting candidates, Traditional Media: candidates will be profiled
using the strengths of coalition members, live presidential debate on
Channels television. TV adverts and radio jingles to be aired around the
country to reach a wider audience in a short time.
• Votes, people will have to vote, report and monitor the process alongside.
• Protecting the votes, equip volunteers with citizen reporting tools.
Currently, EiE Nigeria runs an active social networking sites via twitter
facebook and you tube where we reach over (380.000) three hundred and
eighty thousand followers talking about the 2011 elections.
The #RSVP tag trends daily in Lagos and Abuja keep the youths abreast of
latest happenings concerning the elections.
The commend government’s decision to shut down primary and secondary
schools ahead of the voter’s registration exercise. EiE also call on
government to close down tertiary institutions in order to allow for
university students an opportunity to take part in the process.
In line with EiE’s RSVP Slogan, young Nigerians have been urged to
register, select candidate of choice, vote wisely and protect their votes.
Enough is Enough Nigeria