“Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — At the center of grass roots efforts to keep Nigeria’s notorious election process clean is a small, indistinguishable man armed with a cell phone.
Voters on Saturday are scheduled to vote for the national assembly after the date was pushed back from last weekend because of late delivery and printing flaws in the ballots. And a presidential election will be held April 16.
During last weekend’s aborted voting Amara Nwankpa visited polling stations in Lagos to encourage participation and to watch for potential flaws.
Amara, wearing a t-shirt with the phrase “Light Up Nigeria” and with his mobile phone always close by, is perhaps Nigeria’s best-known Twitter activist.
“What we’re doing essentially is encouraging young people to participate and to do the right thing,” Amara said as he introduces himself to the crowd and election officials at the polling station. “This election in Nigeria — the vote, it’s all of us — government is us too. . .”