The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi state had called on electorates to participate in the on-coming voters’ registration exercise.
It said it has mapped out strategies towards the success of the distribution of permanent voters registration cards in all the twenty local government areas of the state.
The Electoral Officer of Dass local government area in the state, Mrs Altine Abass, made this known yesterday in a one-day meeting with stakeholders in Dass local government area. She noted that a large number of eligible voters usually fail to exercise their franchise during elections.
The Electoral Officer who was represented by her deputy, Mrs Noami Yusuf, at the meeting, said that INEC will go round all the twenty local government areas in the state in order to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of voters registration.
“Many elections in the country had been flawed because the electorates had not been carried along. There is need for vibrant voters’ education in the country and that is why INEC is changing the tune because the people are suffering from electoral apathy and the situation must change”.
“We need to go to the churches, mosques, markets and to the traditional rulers to assist in educating the people.
“Since the exercise is scheduled for July and August this year, arrangements are in top gear to commence the issuance of the cards and registration of eligible voters for next year election,” she said.
In his remark, the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman, commended INEC for the timely commencement of the electoral process, stressing that the exercise deserved collective effort from everybody in the state.
He advocated for timely training of adhoc staff who will carry out the exercise in order to avoid hitches experienced in past voters registrations and elections.