Our virtual training on Democracy and the Electoral Processes in Nigeria achieved its objectives of improving young people’s understanding of the electoral process, and helping them situate themselves as important stakeholders in delivering electoral integrity and credible elections. This is evident in the testimonials from the participants, as shown below.


1. Babalola Olorunfemi, Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Ondo State

Before now, I know little about Democracy, how it works, it’s principles, values, etc. The lecture  really changed my orientation and now I can say I Know much about “Democracy” and all it entails.

Another thing that really caught my attention is the EMB. I learned about its power, function, the structure etc. 

The lecture change my orientation about INEC for instance, knowing how much work must be done by this electoral body to ensure free and fare Election. 

Moreso, I have the privilege to know about the Electoral body in Kenya through the lecture.

Another thing is the involvement of youths in Elections. The lecture encourage me as a youth to help the Electoral body discharge their duties by staying away from violence during election and channel my complains if there is, through the proper way instead of violence.

The organizers has done a great job by impacting such knowledge.

It will be good if this kind of lecture can continue and youths especially are carry along.

Thank you and God bless


2. Ademulegun Blessing James, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State

First and foremost, I would like to express my profound gratitude to IRIAD and OSIWA for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing training.

As a one time APO II in the 2018 presidential elections, I had always known that an in depth knowledge of the electoral process in Nigeria will complement my little practical experience of the process. This fuelled my desire to be a part of this training.

Looking back, I must say that my expectations have not just been met satisfactorily, this training has also opened my eyes to the underlying factors that shapes the activities of electoral management bodies and the importance of incorporating democracy in our socio-political culture. I have been educated, enlightened and informed by this virtual training. Finally, IRIAD has furnished me with the requisite knowledge and skills to have a positive impact in the society, especially if I find myself in leadership positions in the future.

Let me also use this medium to acknowledge the immense role the moderators of this virtual training played in making it a successful one. Their pedagogical skills coupled with their organized guidance and direction was crucial in effectively getting their messages across to us clearly, without any confusion. The purpose of this virtual training would not have been achieved without your efforts.

On this note, I just want to say a big thank you to the Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD), OSIWA and every other player who contributed to putting this virtual training together. Without doubt, I could not have asked for a better training.


3. Taiwo Bamigboye, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State

Kudos to Iriadev!

Greatly was I impressed having undergone a week training which has in turn caused a paradigm shift in the level of my knowledge.

The training broadened my knowledge about Democracy, Election process and its integrity and also pinpointed the reasons for youth participation in achieving electoral process integrity and what a view. I was also able to learn how to reference and also do away with plagiarism.

I know with these one day I can become one of the INEC officials. Thanks to for this everlasting memory.


4. Bamigboye Kehinde John, Federal University of Technology Akure

The training was awesome and impactful because it has opened me up to matters on the electoral process and some about politics which I did not know before. 

More importantly, the training has enlightened, and positively changed my mindset about the importance of youth participation in the electoral process. 


5. Ajoko Mlumun, Ex-NYSC Member, Jos, Plateau State

Good day Ma,

I Ajoko Caroline Mlumun an ex Corp member, served at Jos North LGA Plateau State in 2019 and one one of the participants of the Virtual Training (Cohort-8) on  Democracy and the Electoral Process wish to write and express my gratitude to your organization for the great opportunity given to me to partake in this wonderful training. It was a success, I have always desired to have good knowledge on what Democracy is and politics in general, your training gave me that opportunity, I was indeed given the first class knowledge of what Democracy is and how the Electoral Process is an important part of Democracy, may the desire of your organization  to impact more lives be met and we who are beneficiaries also make the best out of the training. Thank you for the golden opportunity.


6. Ojo Emmanuel Ohimai, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State

Dear Ma, 

Firstly I will love to appreciate the privilege granted me to be part of this training on Democratic and Electoral process. 

It has really configured a new mindset and shifted my paradigm when it comes to the system of government generally. 

From this training I have been able to harness enough knowledge on Democracy, Elections and Electoral process, Government and it’s systems, Youths and their participation in Electoral process, to mention but a few. 

I will say the training was educative. Thank you Ma.


7. Adepoju Olatunde Ibraheem, Ex-NYSC Member, Ondo State

I, Adepoju Olatunde Ibraheem, who served in Ondo State capital with state code: OD/19B /3276, I really overwhelmed of joy, for this kind program, which suit the reigning period of election in Ondo State. I gained more knowledge and experience, the program exposed many things to me, that makes me realized that I myself can be impact.

Furthermore, I enjoin the kind of individual support with 10 gigs data. Which enable us to make some downloads and updates. 


8. Nyelong Solomon Peter, University of Jos, Plateau State

I wish to use medium to thank IRIAD/OSIWA for the opportunity to be amongst the Cohort-8 vitual training on Democracy and electoral process.  I must confess that this was my first ever virtual training it seems real in my imaginary world as I saw my facilitators and fellow participants real.

I give it to my facilitators, you are great in your presentations, I have learned a lot. I must say this on top of my voice especially on how we young people can safeguard electoral process, electoral guidelines amidst covid-19 pandemic which has come to live with us no doubt, essay writing techniques which I now compelled to form note and so many news things learned.

The assignment given was challenging, as I have to stayed all night browsing for materials to how I can put into consideration the ethics learned in essay writing even sue the timing was short for submission couple low battery due to power outage. It was a bitter experience but I learned from it.

To say the least, I have received my 10GB MTN data after meeting the requirements. I look forward to be invited again of your laudable initiatives.

Thank you.


9. Adesina Oluwatosin Samuel, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State

I Adesina Oluwatosin Samuel of Adeyemi College of Education writes to appreciate the existence of the platform which entails virtual training about democracy with its corresponded testimonies. During this program, am able to detect the importance of disenging the fact of political Apathy,  am able to adore what democracy is all about and also understands how to take good cautious of myself during electoral processes.

I was able to explain what a project is also and how to write a good project with APA reference style.

Also am using this medium to appreciate the data bundle been distributed to us all at large.

I really appreciates the manager and the entire participant and founder of the platform who has taken out of his time to make people understands the influence of democracy to individual,  family and society at large. I really appreciate with tender heart.

Thanks 


10. Dauda Muhammad, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State

The impact of virtual cohort training had advance the scope of my thinking on how great the institution of INEC is and how it operate as well as the importance of youth participation in democracy, I was so impressed with the lecturer’s explanation on ethical writing and also the legal sanction of putting behind bars both INEC staff and adhoc staff who violate or indulge in election malpractice. It is quite interesting and educative as well. Lot of thanks to all the organisers am really grateful.


11. Sadeeq Abubakar, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State

First of all god bless this organization and may god continue protect and guide this organization. Actually I benefit a lot from the four day training we have because before I didn’t even know how to the rules of election are and the way they are conducted in Nigeria because I have never been to a place where elections are conducted and also I didn’t even know how to vote but I have a voters card but at the end of the training I learn all the process of voting in Nigeria and also I learn that even the youth have the right to contest in an election and I remember the fundamental human rights that says every citizen have the right to vote and to be voted for. Thanks a lot.

 


12. Christiana Maina Joshua, University of maiduguri, 100level Physiotherapy 

Before I joined the training there are a lot of things I didn’t know about electoral process and how the legal framework works, how the reference works and also the result of copying one’s work without proper acknowledgement of the writer but now I know it’s a crime. Really learnt a lot. Thank you, I appreciate it.

13. Tiemlong Jeremiah Zemlong, Modibbo Adama Federal University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State

The benefits of this programme have been numerous and uncountable to me. The very first day we started this programme visually, I knew it’s going to be helpful because of the orderly manner at which the organizers made us behave.

At every lesson, I make sure I call my family especially my Dad who is a very good listener to discuss what I have learnt so as not to forget easily and they were very impressed, Most importantly the roles which INEC,  and the EMBs play during and after election process, I don’t know all these until now.

I get to understand more on how I as a youth can safeguard the integrity of of electoral process and how to conduct myself during elections in this COVID19 pandemic. This is just the beginning of great things to come in a democratic world. This programme has brought me closer to democracy.

  • God bless IRIAD
  • God bless democracy
  • God bless INEC
  • God bless Nigeria democracy
  • God bless the organizers
  • God bless the participants.

14. Ayoola Bosede, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria

I am a beneficiary of the IRIAD virtual training on Democracy and electoral process, and I must say that the knowledge from the training is invaluable. I am now better informed and I know what I must do as a Nigerian youth to ensure the integrity of our electoral process to safeguard our democracy. Many thanks to Princess and other lecturers, looking forward to other future engagements with IRIAD. I am also grateful for the free data that I got, it was unbelievable.
long live IRIAD, long live Nigeria.


15. Danjuma Kassam Henry, Ex-KOPA, Plateau state

It pleases me to acknowledge the aptness and say a big kudos to the organizing team of the virtual training. I am delighted to say I have garnered a lot of knowledge pertaining electoral processes and the need to as a youth protect the integrity of the nations electoral processes. Also, my hope is for your dream of having a country of equity and fairness in electoral proceedings come to a reality in no distant time. Thanks once more.


16. Usman James Monday, Adeyemi College of Education 

I appreciate the coordinator of this great platform for making me to be participated in this training, the training has taken a very good impact in my life. Before I did not take democracy as something good and beneficial not talk of election process but this training has open my eye to a lot of my right as a citizen of the country and the state.

The training has made me to understand that is not all about academic but also to be political in nature this program has also make me to be able to talk to many people who has wrong notions about politics and other societal matters in shot the program has been a very good and beneficial to me thanks.


17. Shafaatu Salihu Labbo, Ex-NYSC Member, Zamfara State

The benefits I gained so far from the training cannot be over emphasized. In a nutshell, I’m now very conversant with the role of electoral management body. I also understood more about the concept of democracy and elections, as well as its related matters. Furthermore, the training made me fully aware of the legal framework of electoral process and the way and manner of electoral process. To mention but a few.

Therefore, I have no doubt that the impact of this training will be very-very valuable to me in my political journey and future activities.

Thank you and God Bless.


18. Lucky Tunde, EX-NYSC (POP May 2020),Ugba Logo LGA Benue State

The training gave a broad understanding on electoral processes especially in Nigeria. It made me discharge my duties effectively as an election observer for the Edo governorship election 19th September, 2020.


19. Onem, Mercy Ibor, Yakurr LGA, Cross River State, EX-Corper

First, I want to thank the organizers of this program THE IRIAD NGO ABUJA. For making out time to organize & to trained young Nigerians about 1) Electoral Act, through this training, I have known the meaning of EMB, 2) The principles & values of democracy, 3) The importance of Youths & Democracy, as a youth through this training have known that I have so much to offer to the society, that youths are the stakeholders of Electoral process. 4) The Legal framework of EMB 5) How to safeguard the integrity of Electoral process if I work as an Ad-hoc staff or even as a permanent staff in INEC like the EOs, HODs, REC etc. I request that such training should be coming up more & more.

I am grateful & I must confess that I have learned a lot thanks to My facilitators Madam princess & the rest God bless you all.


20. Mahmood Rufai Makama, School: University of Jos, Level: M.Sc


Enlighting youth on electoral process is one of the keys to sustainable development especially in developing countries like ours. The training was wonderful and am looking forward for more of its kind. Thank you.


21. Niapmi Caleb Yunkwap, University of Jos

I want to use this medium to say a big thank you to the Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD), OSIWA for putting this virtual training together. This training has enlightened, and positively changed my mindset about Democracy, Elections and Electoral process, Government and it’s systems, Youths and their participation in Electoral process, to mention but a few. Training has been so wonderful. On behalf of myself and my Colleagues, I say a very Big Thank you!..


22. Chimezie Amarachi Ann, NYSC: Done with service, State: Imo State

I’m Ann Amara, it’s indeed a great pleasure to be one of the participants in the virtual training cohort, I’m here to testify to the good training and lectures I received so far, indeed this is good, I learnt a lot of things at least my horizon has been broadened in terms of the etiquettes of election, the training was a scrupulous one with competent lecturers, Kudos! to the wonderful lecturers.


23. ZAMNAAN BLESSING, University of Jos, Plateau State, 400 Level.

Dear Ma,
I consider myself fortunate to be among the cohort 9 virtual training on democracy and electoral process which was organised by the initiative for research, innovative and advocacy in development (IRIADEV) which was supported by OSIWA.
The training was a great experience and has broaden my knowledge on INEC and how the electoral process works in Nigeria.
Finally, I want to thank the highly competent teachers who anchored the training and your patience throughout the process is commendable.
Thank you (IRIADEV) for the great opportunity.
God bless you all.


24. Benson Innocent Edobor, University of Benin, Edo State

I want to specially thank Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD) for the extensive virtual training on “democracy and the electoral process”.  Our facilitator was very versed on the topic and it was one training that has reawakened my consciousness and role  as a youth with regards to elections and its processes. 

I also want to thank the organizers for the data sent (10GB), it was well received. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity.


25. Eruobodo Oluwatobiloba, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State

Good day ma,

I want to use this medium to appreciate IRIAD for the exposure and better understanding of electoral processes and my roles in contributing to a fair electoral process.

The ethics of writing was really revealing and will become a full part of my writing skills.

Thanks so much and more power to your elbow.


26. Usman James Monday, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State

 I Usman James Monday of Adeyemi college of education writes to  I appreciate the coordinator of this great platform for making me to be participated in this training, the training has taken a very good impact in my life. Before I did not take democracy as something good and beneficial not talk of election process but this training has open my eye to a lot of my right as a citizen of the country and the state. The training has make me to understand that is not all about academic but also to be political in nature this program has also make me to be able to talk to many people who has wrong notions about politics and other societal matters in short the program has been a very good and beneficial to me thanks. 


27. Ayodeji Oluwafunke, Ekiti State University

Good day Ma

I am glad to be part of the training Program for it does not only teach me about my right but also enlightened me on aspect I have the ignorant such as roles I can play before and during election, the electoral process and also an additional bonus about essay writing.

Thank you for this impactful training Program.


28. Miracle Ayotunde Adebayo, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State

Firstly, I will like to say a big thank you to you for organising the just concluded training and the gift you gave at the end, may God bless you richly. 

I really felt the impact of the just concluded training, it’s demanding and it has help me to know how to research better, I wish I had not done my project I would have being the best in it. Also the training has really opens my eye to so many things relating to EMBs of Nigeria and Kenya (assignment) how they are being formulated and how their processes are. It also allowed me to know the different functions or roles of electoral officials (primary and secondary), youth involvement in electoral process.

On this note I’ll say thank you for organising such training program.

Thanks.


29. Ogunse Opemipo Grace, University of Lagos

I’m so delightful to be part of those who are qualified to partake in this educative training. Kudos to the organizers of this training, thanks for creating and dedicating time in adding value and advancing the knowledge of youths by giving out the best and sharing out all of  these relevant informations that will help in a better nation building, as well in sustaining and adding to the value of society. I must say, I learnt so much from this training and I’m ever ready to put into action all of this highly commendable informations. Thanks for being super amazing, I pray may you continue to advance in knowledge and may God continue to bless y’all. Hoping your dream of having a Nigeria with enlightened Youths who will ensure fairness in the electoral process come to limelight. Thanks


30. Ayoola Bosede, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria

I am a beneficiary of the IRIAD virtual training on Democracy and electoral process, and I must say that the knowledge from the training is invaluable. I am now better informed and I know what i must do as a Nigerian youth to ensure the integrity of our electoral process to safeguard our democracy. Many thanks to Princess and other lecturers, looking forward to other future engagements with IRIAD. I am also grateful for the free data that I got, it was unbelievable.

long live IRIAD, long live Nigeria.


31. Adeyeye Nurudeen Ola, NYSC Member, Osun State

Ma, 

It is an adventurous experience being part of those that benefited from the Virtual Training on Democracy and the Electoral Process organised by the Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD) with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

The hours of the exercise on a regular day was impressive, awesome, educating and interesting. This type of training gives room for creativity and sometimes, one is required to take radical decisions on the spot. It helped me to improve on being a self-starter, to know the do and don’t as a political member or an AD-HOC staff and a quick decision maker.

Also, it increased my knowledge by knowing how to coordinate, supervise, relating with people, not to be biased, equity and gave me chance to be an egalitarian. 

Lastly, we are bond with data integrity and adhere strictly to the roles and regulations of the Commission

Once more, thanks.


32. Anas Dalhatu Yahuza, Abdugusau Polytechnic Talata-Mafara, HND 2 in Computer Science

With due respect before I start I will like to expel my greeting to the founder of this great organization. Good day sir/ma
I’m very sure that with this training I learned so many things about election that I have never ever known before and also other things like ethical writing and three broad electoral management models I now know that I can participate during election and give my own contributions through this lectures.
More blessings to IRIAD’s