Background of Y-CAEV
According to Human Right Watch, election violence has cost many lives of young people in some Commonwealth nations. In Nigeria for example, the violence ensued after the 2003 general elections had left at least 100 young people dead and many others injured. European Union observers also reported that at least 300 young people were killed in violence linked to the 2007 elections. Human right watch also reported that the election violence has been on the rise in Nigeria with high level of casualties, loss of lives and properties in the last general elections in 2011 in the country, which almost resulted to a religious and ethnic crisis. The crisis cost lives of some innocent youth service corps members. The crisis had left more than 800 young people dead, and relief officials estimated that more than 65, 000 people were displaced.
The young people in the Commonwealth are concerned on the rising trend of election violence and the increasing number of lives of young people cost by those violence. Aware of the imminent elections in some of these countries, young people though the Commonwealth Youth Council are determined to curb the future occurrence of any election violence in the Commonwealth, hence the launch of the Youth Campaign Against Election Violence (Y-CAEV) by the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC). Y-CAEV is a youth- led initiative by youths and for the youths to achieve peaceful elections in ALL Commonwealth countries. The pilot Y-CAEV campaign will be in Nigeria.
The Pilot Y-CAEV campaign was flagged off in Abuja, Nigeria on 30th Januray, 2014 by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
OBJECTIVE OF Y-CAEV
Y-CAEV is aimed at the following:
1. To achieve zero election violence, zero cost of lives and properties.
2. To enlighten young people on the danger of the election violence.
3. To educate young people on the electoral procedures and election complain processes. 4. To train and inculcate the discipline of peace, tolerance and obedience.
5. To coach young people on proper method and best practice of election inspection.
6. To enlighten all election stakeholders e.g. electoral officers, security, political party agents, journalist, observers, etc on the need for harmony and good working relation during elections.
7. To identify the best practice of achieving peaceful elections.