The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, has blamed the management of the varied 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 commentary 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 % participated within the 2019 common election.
“It was stunning that out 1.4 million registered voters in Enugu State, a woeful 30 % took half within the 2019 election- who’s liable for this: political events”, the REC mentioned, including that “once you go round and inform the electorates that they’ve purchased the votes, what you’re 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 had been equally neck-deep in fraudulent electoral processes.
“For you’re a chief of a political get together, bullshit can take you to the highest, however it will probably’t preserve you there; vote shopping for is bullshit, thuggery is bullshit, different types of electoral violence are all types of bullshit. Some individuals 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 instances 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 common 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 get together leaders and we really feel that there’s a must refresh our minds, to remind ourselves the necessity to play by the principles 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 fairly be attributed to lack of satisfactory 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 may be common apathy even on the a part of get together leaders, then the individuals will chill out.”
In a paper he offered on the occasion, the INEC Administrative Secretary for Enugu State, Mr. Enyinnaya Onyekwere urged the IPAC members to run an all-inclusive get together management and administration and observe laid down guidelines in conduct of get together conventions, primaries and congresses.