Restoring voter enthusiasm in Nigeria’s electoral process, By Remi Ogunkayo - Premium Times Nigeria

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Restoring voter enthusiasm in Nigeria’s electoral process, By Remi Ogunkayo

Restoring voter enthusiasm in Nigeria’s electoral process, By Remi Ogunkayo

While voter registration drives have been necessary and impactful in the past, voter turnout is the real problem with electoral participation in the country. This problem has not received much attention up till now. Low voter participation indicates that the political system lacks legitimacy, presenting challenges to social cohesion. Finally, the primaries are essentially over

Opinion While voter registration drives have been necessary and impactful in the past, voter turnout is the real problem with electoral participation in the country.by June 25, 2022 2 min read Nigeria’s commercial capital city, Lagos State, is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the country recorded 247 infections between June 21 and 24, 2022.National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Fatima Waziri-Azi, says there is more internal trafficking than external trafficking.by June 24, 2022 1 min read It is quite evident that Nigerian banks are in war mode as the battle for digital supremacy switches from modest fisticuffs to a full-blown slugfest.

This problem has not received much attention up till now.Low voter participation indicates that the political system lacks legitimacy, presenting challenges to social cohesion.The NCDC update shows that the latest cases have increased the country’s infection toll to 256,958, while the fatality toll still stands at 3,144.Finally, the primaries are essentially over — barring the races in dispute.“Simply because the media spotlight on people in Italy and all that, we think we have more of trans-border trafficking.Now, it is time for the everyman to get involved.The disease centre, in its breakdown of the latest infections, revealed that Lagos state has continued to maintain the first position with a huge gap.The recent interest in the internal party mechanisms for selecting candidates brought to light a slew of worrying phenomena: the so-called ‘dollarisation’ of delegates, the role of consensus candidates, et cetera.Worthy of note is the fact that, the upper hand in the digital wars is not strictly a function of bank asset size, deposits, or capital strength, but the bank’s agility, vision, and business playbook.

The interest in and criticism of this process augurs well for the next stage of this crucial phase of our democracy as voters take the centre stage.It also noted on its website that 3,637 people are currently down with the virus, while 250,177 people have been treated and discharged nationwide since the outbreak more than two years ago.Domestic servitude is a crisis in Nigeria, and forced labour too.Political participation in Nigeria has declined over the last few cycles and off-cycle elections.The Anambra State governorship elections in 2021 recorded a 10 per cent voter turnout.Rivers and Cross River States in the South-south followed with 14 and 12 cases respectively.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recorded a similar turnout in the Lagos East Senatorial by-election in December 2020.She sued for more sensitisation of the public against human trafficking, noting that there was huge ignorance of the public on issues relating to human trafficking.In presidential elections, the decline has been marked, reaching a low of 35 per cent for the 2019 presidential election.Vaccination campaign With vaccination considered the most effective way to curb the continuous spread of the virus, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency ( NPHCDA ) said only 19.84% (in 9months 2021).

At Run To Win, we sought to analyse why this trend has persisted by speaking to young people between the ages of 18-35 in two states, Lagos and Cross River.In face-to-face interviews and focus groups, nearly 1,000 young people were surveyed across both states.The agency noted that as of June 24, 2022, 22,092,359 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination are fully vaccinated, while 11,999,198 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination are partially vaccinated.So we have an increase in fake jobs advertorials and fake scholarships.The main reason young people are not participating in elections? The feeling that their votes do not count.This sentiment is much heard in casual conversations, and their concern reflects the lack of faith in the electoral system to deliver free and fair elections..We recommend that INEC restores the online pre-registration portal to ease the pressure on its offices and resources.She explained that this was because there were two sides to the crime, as there was the professional criminal enterprise that trafficked people for the sole purpose of killing them and harvesting their organs.

The Commission may also need to consider a small extension to the overall CVR process to allow registration for willing would-be voters.We also suggest a public awareness campaign around the collection of uncollected PVCs, as well as encouraging voter turnout overall by assuring Nigerians that their votes will count.Secondly, becoming a voter is a long, bothersome, inconvenient process for young people.Mrs Waziri-Azi, however, said that some Nigerians fell prey to the human traffickers because of misinformation and disinformation.Between that and the long lag between registration and collecting PVCs, it’s understandable why young people don’t pick up their PVCs when they are finally ready.INEC’s attempt to ease the process by introducing online pre-registration was hampered by its inability to deal with the surge of new physical registrations after the drive ended.

We recommend that INEC restores the online pre-registration portal to ease the pressure on its offices and resources.He also said that the zone had secured 80 convictions of arraigned human traffickers since the creation of the zone.The Commission may also need to consider a small extension to the overall CVR process to allow registration for willing would-be voters.We also suggest a public awareness campaign around the collection of uncollected PVCs, as well as encouraging voter turnout overall by assuring Nigerians that their votes will count.While voter registration drives have been necessary and impactful in the past, voter turnout is the real problem with electoral participation in the country.He pledged to continue to carry out the mandate of the agency with support from stakeholders.This problem has not received much attention up till now.

Low voter participation indicates that the political system lacks legitimacy, presenting challenges to social cohesion.Addressing these barriers to increased voter participation will move the country in the right direction on its democratic journey..

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