The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, has blamed the management of the assorted political events for the poor voters turnout usually witnessed throughout main elections within the nation.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, accountable for Enugu State, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu made the remark in his speech throughout a retreat/colloquium organized by the Inter-Half Advisory Council, IPAC, Enugu State chapter, in collaboration with the fee.
Ononamadu, who lauded the Enugu IPAC Chairman, Barr. Ken Ikeh for the initiative, mentioned it was lamentable that out of over 1.4m registered voters in Enugu State, under 30 p.c participated within the 2019 basic election.
“It was stunning that out 1.4 million registered voters in Enugu State, a woeful 30 p.c took half within the 2019 election- who’s accountable for this: political events”, the REC mentioned, including that “whenever you go round and inform the electorates that they’ve purchased the votes, what you might be doing is to demoralize them.”
He equally agreed that merchandising was one of many causes behind the woeful efficiency of some political events throughout elections, noting that some events have been equally neck-deep in fraudulent electoral processes.
“For you’re a chief of a political social gathering, bullshit can take you to the highest, however it might’t preserve you there; vote shopping for is bullshit, thuggery is bullshit, different types of electoral violence are all types of bullshit. Some folks occupy sure positions by way of illegitimate means, that’s bullshit.
“Nigerian politicians don’t know when politics ends; there are occasions to play politics and occasions to interact in improvement; as soon as the election ends, improvement ought to begin, your consideration ought to shift from who voted and who didn’t vote,” he suggested.
He mentioned the deliberate creation of extra polling items would create extra entry and deepen citizen’s participation within the electoral course of.
In his remarks, the IPAC chairman mentioned the retreat/colloquium “is borne out of the present political state of affairs within the nation, the place a lot of the political events are placing their homes so as in view of the 2023 basic elections arising, together with the INEC that’s gearing up for the creation of extra polling items.
“All these actions have a direct bearing on the desk of social gathering leaders and we really feel that there’s a have to refresh our minds, to remind ourselves the necessity to play by the foundations as a result of the regulation has been made very copious offering for the duties of the political events.”
On the priority raised by the REC over low voter turnout, Ikeh mentioned “it’s a part of our problem and we really feel that the low voter turnout can moderately be attributed to lack of sufficient sensitization by political events earlier than the election.
“If the events exit to mobilize adequately, undoubtedly, the residents will come out to vote, however the place there’s basic apathy even on the a part of social gathering leaders, then the folks will loosen up.”
In a paper he introduced on the occasion, the INEC Administrative Secretary for Enugu State, Mr. Enyinnaya Onyekwere urged the IPAC members to run an all-inclusive social gathering management and administration and observe laid down guidelines in conduct of social gathering conventions, primaries and congresses.