Voter apathy: Rep-elect identifies poor political education, snappy campaign as cause

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LAGOS – Lagos Mainland Rep-elect Jide Jimoh on Sunday blamed poor political education by INEC for the low turnout voters ’s Governorship/House elections.

Jimoh told the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) that INEC’s inadequate time for electioneering also contributed to the apathy recorded the .

“It takes two to tango, the electoral officers must also embark on proper enlightenment, political parties must also intensify their enlightenment and .

“Voting is voluntary, you cannot coerce people to go out and vote; someone may have  permanent card and decide to keep it at home,’’ he said.

The elected legislator added that: “For the that people have come out to vote is a crime, we just have to encourage people.’’

He also stressed the need for to improve much more on the provision of infrastructure and empowerment so that dividends of democracy will ginger and encourage people to vote.

The rep-elect noted that the period of  should be too close, saying that the period for this country is too short.

“In U.S., you have up to three months for campaign before elections; in Nigeria, it is a few weeks you have left to campaign.’’

He called for the review of the relevant laws, saying that the of months for campaign should be increased for future elections.

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Jimoh, however, commended INEC for improving on its performance in the March 28 elections, noting the conduct of the governorship and state Houses of election was much better.

“I tell you that there are some improvements which I observed in the conduct of this election, compared with the fortnight’s exercise.

“For instance, the INEC personnel have improved much more on the use and workings of smart card readers,’’ he said.

On the use of the Permanent Cards (PVC) and card readers, Jimoh said it was a welcome development for this country.

He urged the electoral commission to retain the use of the card readers in future elections and improve on them.

“It has reduced drastically the of fraudulent activities where in those days you see a local bring outrageous votes.

“The ensures that voters must be seen and identified physically which made manipulation of figures difficult.’’

The rep- elect, who attributed success to God’s work and the love by the people, urged Nigerians to live up to their responsibilities in the governance of the country. (NAN)

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