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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF PUAN

1. NATIONAL EXECUTIVE

The Ambassador General (AG) is the overall head while the Secretary General (SG) is the head of the Secretariat. The National Executive comprises of other National Officers of PUAN.

  • i. To drive aggressive voter education in Nigeria in order to ensure that eligible voters are galvanized to register, collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and actively participate in every election and to vote wisely at such elections.
  • ii. Formulation and implementation of policy objectives, programs and action plans of PUAN.
  • iii. Ensure and effectively coordinate and supervise the activities of zonal, State, Area, ward and Polling Unit Ambassadors.
  • iv. Collaborate, partner and liaise with The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), Electoral Reforms bodies in achieving the PUAN core mandates.
  • v. Ensures the propagation and maintenance of the neutrality and non-partisanship objectives of Polling Unit Ambassadors of Nigeria.
  • vi. Organize and coordinate fair-play interactive award dinner to galvanize political parties and their candidates to commit to written, undertaking to play by the rules by focusing on issue-based campaigns and eschewing hate speeches, mud-slinging and attacks on personality that may heat up the polity and lead their supporter to resort to violence.
  • vii. Initiate and carry out in collaboration with local and international bodies regular seminars, workshops and conferences on voter education and electoral reforms in Nigeria;
  • viii. To ensure the training and re-training of Polling Unit Ambassadors of Nigeria to be up-to-date on their mandate; Monitor general elections in Nigeria; gather and analyze data from such elections with the aim of identifying voter participation lapses and working out strategies for strengthening and improving voter participation in subsequent elections;
  • ix. Embarking on a deliberate aggressive media campaigns, public enlightenments and town-hall meetings to educate the electorate on the power of their PVC and their choice to use it to enthrone good governance thus eliminating sale of PVCs to politicians, vote buying and selling
  • x. Coordinate media interactions relating PUAN activities etc.
  • xi. Make sure that the electorate becomes the ultimate decider of elections in Nigeria.

2. ZONAL EXECUTIVES

  • There are six zonal executives representing the South-East, South-South, South-West, North-Central, North-West and North-East Zones of Nigeria. Each zonal executive is headed by a Deputy Ambassador General (DAG) with an Assistant Secretary General (ASG) who shall head the secretariat in addition to other executive members. Each zonal executive coordinates and superintends six States except the South-East, which has five States.
  • i. Supports the National Executive of PUAN to ensure that the PUAN objectives and ideology are propagated and achieved in their zones;
  • ii. Drive and coordinate all PUAN activities in their zones;
  • iii. Report directly to the National Executive;
  • iv. Ensures that eligible voters within their various zones are effectively mobilized, sensitized and encouraged to register, collect their PVs and vote wisely at elections;
  • v. To organize in collaboration with the National Executive at regular intervals, seminars, workshops, town hall meetings, direct engagements with traditional institutions, communities and prospective voters on the power of the PVC and the need to use it wisely to make informed choices at elections;
  • vi. Work closely with all State Ambassadors within their zone to ensure that the core mandates of PUAN are achieved.
  • vii. Monitor all general elections within their zones and report to the National Executive;
  • viii. Ensures that all PUAN activities within their zone are neutral and non-partisan.
  • ix. Coordinate all post election activities within their zones such as initiating programs that will help the people to monitor and evaluate the activities and performances of their elected officers.
  • x. Make sure that the electorate becomes the ultimate decider of elections in Nigeria.

3. STATE EXECUTIVES

  • Each thirty-six States in Nigeria and the Federal capital Territory, Abuja have State Executive headed by a State Ambassador (SA) and a state women leader, ably assisted by other State Executive members. A State Executive controls, coordinates and superintends all PUAN activities and programs within the State.
  • i. Report directly and work closely with their Zonal Executive to ensure that the objectives and ideology of PUAN are entrenched and effectively achieved in the States;
  • ii. Carry out deliberate massive sensitization campaigns to encourage eligible voters to register, collect their PVC and effectively participate in general elections;
  • iii. Coordinates, supervises and superintends all activities of Senatorial Ambassadors, Area executives wards Ambassadors and Polling Unit Ambassadors within their State;
  • iv. Monitor all general elections within their States and report to their Zonal Executive;
  • v. To organize in collaboration with the Zonal Executive seminars, workshops, town hall meetings, direct engagements with traditional institutions, communities and prospective voters on the power of the PVC and post election monitoring and evaluation of elected politicians. The need to to make informed choices at elections;
  • vi. Ensures that all PUAN activities within their States are neutral and non-partisan.
  • vii. Shall be the repository of information and data relating to all PUAN activities within their State.
  • viii. Monitor all general elections within their State and report to the Zonal Executive.

4. SENATORIAL AMBASSADORS

There are 109 Senatorial Districts in Nigeria. Each State in Nigeria has three Senatorial Districts and the Federal capital territory has one senatorial District. PUAN has 3 Senatorial Ambassadors in each State and one in the federal Capital territory, Abuja. Each Senatorial District has a number of Local Government within it and each Local Government has a number of Wards within it.
i. Reports directly to and form part of the expanded State Executive of PUAN in each State;
ii. Coordinates and supervises activities of Area Executives within his Senatorial District;
iii. Shall work closely with Area Executives, Ward Ambassadors and Polling Unit Ambassadors within his Senatorial District to mobilize, sensitize and encourage eligible voters to register, collect their PVC and participate actively in general elections by voting wisely;
iv. Mobilize the Area Executives, Ward Ambassadors and Polling Unit Ambassadors within their Senatorial Districts to embark on carrying out town-hall meetings, engage traditional institutions, communities and one-on-one sensitization and enlightenment of eligible voters on the power of their PVC and the need to use it wisely to make informed choices at elections;
v. Monitor all general elections within their Senatorial Districts and report to the State Executive.;
vi. Ensures that all PUAN activities within their States are neutral and non-partisan.
vii. Make sure that the electorate becomes the ultimate decider of elections in Nigeria.

AREA EXECUTIVES

There are 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria and three Area Councils within the Federal Capital territory, Abuja. PUAN has seven hundred and seventy-four Area Executives to cover the entire local government area in Nigeria for effective grassroots drive of the PUAN objectives. All Area Executives must be resident within their Area and must have good knowledge of communities within their local government area.

  • i. Runs and maintain PUAN Secretariat at the local government level;
  • ii. Reports directly to their Senatorial District Ambassador;
  • iii. Coordinates the activities of Ward Ambassadors and Polling Unit Ambassadors within their area;
  • iv. mobilize, sensitize and encourage eligible voters to register, collect their PVC and participate actively in general elections by voting wisely;
  • v. Works with Ward Ambassadors and Polling Unit Ambassadors within their area to carry out town-hall meetings, engage traditional institutions, community leaders and one-on-one sensitization and enlightenment of eligible voters on the power of their PVC and the need to use it wisely to make informed choices at elections;
  • vi. Monitor all general elections within their area and report to their Senatorial District Ambassador;
  • vii. Ensures that all PUAN activities within their Area are neutral and non-partisan.
  • viii. Any other responsibilities as shall be assigned or delegated to them from time to time by their Senatorial Ambassadors or State Executive.
  • ix. Make sure that the electorate becomes the ultimate decider of elections in Nigeria.

WARD AMBASSADORS

Nigeria has 8,809 Wards. PUAN 17,618 Ward Ambassadors translating to 2 Ambassadors per Ward. This is to ensure that voters at Community and Ward levels are effectively mobilized and sensitized. The ward is the last level in the political structure in Nigeria in the top-to–bottom approach and the first in the bottom-to-top approach and thus, very strategic especially as it is based at the grassroots. Ward Ambassadors are to be resident in their wards, speak and understand the local language, culture of the communities.

ASSIGNMENT

  • i. Reports directly to Area Executives;
  • ii. Coordinates activities of the Polling Unit Ambassadors within their wards;
  • iii. Monitors general elections within his wards and report to their Area Executive;
  • iv. mobilize, sensitize and encourage eligible voters to register, collect their PVC and participate actively in general elections by voting wisely;
  • v. Collaborates with his Area Executive and Polling Unit Ambassadors within his ward to carry out voter education, through town-hall meetings, engagement of traditional institutions, communities and one-on-one sensitization;
  • vi. Ensures that all PUAN activities within their Ward are neutral and non-partisan;
  • vii. Any other responsibilities as shall be assigned or delegated to them from time to time by their Area Executive.
  • viii. Make sure that the electorate becomes the ultimate decider of elections in Nigeria.

POLLING Unit AMBASSADORS

[8:58 AM, 11/23/2019] PUAN SG: There are 119,973 Polling Units in Nigeria. PUAN intends to have presence at the polling unit level by training and deploying 5 Ambassadors whose duties would work directly with eligible voters to vote wisely at elections. This means that PUAN will be deploying 599,865 Ambassadors to cover all the Polling Units in Nigeria. The Polling Unit Ambassadors are residents in their various polling unit. They are persons who understand and speak the language of the community at the polling unit level. This is a very critical structure of the PUAN set up as it directly affect the voters at the grassroots.

ASSIGNMENT

i. Reports directly to the Ward Ambassadors;
ii. Relates personally with all eligible voters at polling unit level to encourage them to register, collect their PVC from INEC and vote wisely at elections;
iii. Sensitize voters at polling unit level how to make informed choices at elections;
iv. Educates voters at polling unit level on the power of their PVC and the need not to trade it for money;
v. To monitor elections at the polling unit level and report to their Ward Ambassador;
vi. To teach the youths at the polling unit level the power of the ballot box by discouraging them from ballot box snatching, thuggery, violence and other forms of election malpractices;
vii. Discourage voter apathy by encouraging voters to go out and vote on election day;
viii. Ensures that all PUAN activities within their polling unit environment are neutral and non-partisan;
ix. They will form a post-election electoral polling unit structure (EPUS) at each polling unit environment to drive community development and encourage elected candidates to focus on their manifesto deliverables.
x. Make sure that the electorate becomes the ultimate decider of elections in Nigera.

OUTCOME

Through our sensitization and mobilization strategy at the polling unit communities, the electorate will come to understand how their votes become a viable tool in a democratic setting to select leaders that will better the welfare and livelihood of their constituencies.
They will also discover that elected officials under a democratic system of governance are meant to serve and by all means be accountable to the electorates.
The electorate will be more united than ever in their decision to corporately effect a change when an elected official performs in office below expectation.
This community is also sensitized to know that every political elected official must be appraised and their works evaluated in conformity with their political manifestos and campaign promises. If on the contrary the elected officer does not measure up to the expectation of the people, the people will mobilized in one accord to effect a change and establish the fact that Power Resides permanently with the people.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, Polling Unit Ambassadors of Nigeria (PUAN) Under the able leadership of Amb. Capt. Suleiman Dabas (Ambassador General) and Amb. Prince Osa Osaghae (Secretary General) started in August 2018 and in February 2019, it had its Ambassadors mobilized all over the 119,973 polling units in Nigeria with a solid structure at the National, Zonal, State, Area and Ward levels to observe and report live, the 2019 general Elections in Nigeria.

PUAN is set for its post election assignment nationwide and by extension, already working towards 2023 general election by which time PUAN is aspiring to become a house hold name that will be known to have brought a political revolution through grassroot awareness in Nigeria.
PUAN remains committed to this noble course.