How voter apathy affected Anambra rerun ballot

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Voters on the queue during election
Voters on the queue throughout election

By Chimezie Anaso
The Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), an election observer group which monitored the Anambra Central Senatorial District re-run election on Saturday, stated the method was affected by voter apathy.

The group made the statement in its interim report at a information convention in Awka.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that solely 67,872 of 745,828 registered voters or lower than 10 per cent had been accredited to vote within the train masking seven native authorities areas of the zone.

Dr Chima Amadi, the Executive Director of ISDMG, attributed the apathy to the authorized tussle forward of the election and non-participation of some political events.

Amadi counseled the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for early deployment of supplies and officers to the polling cubicles.

However, he stated: “INEC complied with the rule of the process, officials and materials arrived early at the polling stations.”

Amadi stated that the deployment of safety personnel for the election was grossly insufficient as they appear to not have anticipated any untoward improvement.

He counseled the citizens for his or her peaceable conducts and non-negative perspective to electoral violence.

The government director stated that the conduct of the citizens was accountable for the serenity loved throughout the election.

The group additionally criticised the positioning of voting cubicle and poll bins which had been positioned in conspicuous areas that compromised secrecy.

“Voting factors and poll bins had been positioned in open locations such that voting course of didn’t conform with the precept of open-secret-balloting course of.

“This might be the explanation for vote shopping for.

“We also observed that only All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) agents were at the various polling units,” he stated.

Also, Mrs Faith Nwadishi, a Director in ISDMG, stated instances of apathy had been so pronounced that in some areas like Achalla, some polling models which had over 600 voters recorded between 13 votes and 28 votes.

Nwadishi stated the destructive perspective of some Nigerians to political participation was harmful for the nation’s democracy.

According to her, it’s improper to assume that one election is extra essential than the opposite.

She opined that elections for representatives ought to curiosity individuals greater than government election.

Mr Okechukwu Nwangwuma known as for investigation over the variety of police claimed to had been deployed for the task.

Nwangwuma stated there have been some areas the place one Police personnel was made to guard three polling models.

INEC has declared Chief Victor Umeh of APGA as winner of the election having polled 64,878 votes to beat 13 different contestants.

The consequence additionally confirmed that Dr Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got here second with 975 votes, whereas PPA got here third with 116 votes.

The rerun election passed off in Njikoka, Awka North, Idemili South, Dunukofia, Awka South, Anaocha and Idemili North Local Government Areas of the state.

The INEC Returning Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone, introduced the outcomes. 

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