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INEC decries poor turnout for voter registration in Enugu

By Guardian Nigeria
09 November 2021   |   4:00 am
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu State, has said that the low turnout of intending voters in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise in rural communities in the state is worrisome.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu State, has said that the low turnout of intending voters in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise in rural communities in the state is worrisome.

The INEC Electoral Officer in Udi, Mrs, Cecilia Ejimofor, who stated this at the formal inauguration of Udi Local Council executive of a non-governmental organisation called ‘Enugu State Citizens Support for Equity and Good Governance (ESCSEG)’ held yesterday in Udi, said the poor turnout would impact negatively on the electorate.

Ejimofor noted that the continuous voters’ registration exercise was a strategy put in place by the electoral body to provide more opportunities for eligible voters to have voters’ cards with a view to fulfilling their civic responsibility in the 2023 elections.

“I commend this group for moving its enlightenment campaign on voters’ registration exercise to Udi Local Council of the state.

“INEC will partner with this group because they are going the extra mile to make sure our people participate fully in electing their leaders democratically,” she added.

Earlier in his speech, the State Co-ordinator of ESCSEG, Emmanuel Onyendozi Onwe, said they were in Udi for the flag-off/inauguration of members of local council executive of ESCSEG, adding they are poised to extend the campaign to rural communities to reach more eligible voters in the state.

Onwe, who decried apathy in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise, noted that “good governance begins with credible election.”

“ESCSEG as a non-interest political movement was established to promote equity, good governance and social justice with a mission to engage the citizens to actively participate in a democratic process to reduce political-related apathy among the citizens.

“ESCSEG believes that the current security challenges across the country are traceable to decades of negligence and bad governance by successive governments at all levels.

“Societal challenges, such as armed robbery, kidnapping, terrorism, economic sabotage, vandalism and so on and weigh it with bad governance, which is generally believed to be the root causes and the inability of government at all levels to bring all these to acceptable end, could be as a result of citizens’ unwillingness to participate in the governance process.”

“When citizens feel that development activities performed by the government are for them, it means the work performed by the government is people-oriented.

“To close the existing gap between the governed and the governance, the Enugu State Citizens Support for Equity and Good Governance has adopted an approach called citizen empowerment through advocacy,” he stated.