The Campaign for Democracy (CD) yesterday advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and political parties to intensify the sensitization of the electorate to avoid low turn-out of voters during elections.
This is contained in a statement in Onitsha by the Chairman of Anambra Chapter, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme.
“INEC and political parties must carry the electorate along and it is unacceptable where they are not actively involved in elections through wide spread voters’ education,” the statement said.
INEC has scheduled voters’ registration, re-validation and issuance of permanent voters’ cards in Anambra to hold between Aug. 15 and 17.
“During the last governorship election in Anambra, less than 25 per cent of registered voters participated in the exercise.
“During the last local government election held in January 2014, less than 25 per cent of registered voters participated during the election,” it said.
It noted that INEC and political parties must start to educate the electorate for them to participate actively in the forthcoming exercise.
“It is surprising that during the last local government election in Anambra State, more than 50 per cent of Anambra people were not aware that the election was taking place,” it noted.
The statement, however, appealed to religious and traditional leaders, students and civil society groups, to mobilize citizens to participate actively during the forthcoming exercise.
It called on INEC to direct its electoral officers in local government areas to constitute mobilization and sensitization committees at the council levels.
“With mass participation, our elections would earn the credibility and general acceptance it deserves, which would jettison unnecessary litigation after elections”. (NAN)