Enugu – Dr Emeka Ononamadu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Enugu state, has charged stakeholders to embark on aggressive sensitization of electorates before the next general elections to overcome the problem of low turnout of voters recorded during the 2019 election.
Ononamadu gave the charge on Monday, during the post-election stakeholders briefing held at BON hotel in Enugu.
The REC who expressed concern over the voters apathy recorded said “our major concern was that of low turn of voters. We must always mobilise over 80 per cent of voters to come out and vote.
“A situation where over a million registered voters in Enugu did not turn out to vote should be looked into by stakeholders,” he urged.
According to him, INEC fulfilled all their promises for conducting credible election in Enugu “election was held into the position of the President, three senators, eight House of Representatives, the Governor and 24 House of Assembly.
“We effectively completed these elections without supplementary, run off or total cancellation or re-collation of results.
“During the elections, there was no single account of loss of any material for the conduct of election except in Nsukla where thugs came to a RAC at night and stole the election materials from the staff and ran away. However, we used our alternative plan to ensure that election took place there and citizens were not disenfranchised,” he said.
Ononamadu stated further that the election was monitored by accredited observers and monitors from the media, security agencies, CSOs, International observers and political parties saying “The report of their report particularly that of EU, which referenced Enugu shows that INEC Enugu substantially compiled with laws guiding election in Nigeria”.
He thereby thanked all stakeholders and Enugu citizens for their support in making the election a success “let me thank you for your resilience, patience, devotion and conduct. Stability of any state starts with the stability of the election process.”
Also, the state Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Isaac Onukwube, commended INEC for conducting fair, free and credible election in Enugu state.
He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to mobilize voters to always participate fully in electoral process lamenting over voter apathy recorded during the last election.
“We must start early to plan for the next four years so that the problem of low turnout of voters will not repeat itself. If we must sustain electoral process in Enugu and Nigeria we must make sure that we mobilise the people to vote because the only way to elect credible leaders that will transform our country is when we support our electoral process,” he said.