Why Nigeria may not be considered for democracy- YIAGA

 

YIAGA AFRICA, non-governmental organisation (NGO) has expressed concerned that the country may no longer consider herself for democracy if it citizens loose confidence in elections .

The Executive Director, Samson Itodo further said if voters are denied their rights to vote during elections , the country stand to further deepen the voter apathy in it elections.

Itodo who noted this at the just concluded round table on tackling voter suppressing in Nigeria elections organised by YIAGA in Abuja.

He said if we impute on our democracy and the democracy looses its vitality when people are unable to caste their votes.

According to him, the round table provides the opportunity to strengthen our legal framework and prevent one’s institutional voters oppression.

“We are confident that whatever recommendations from the meeting will be adopted by this institutions believing that they are also committed to improving the country’s electoral processes,” he said 

Also, the Head of Election Department of YIAGA, Paul James said for the 2019 general elections, YIAGA AFRICA data revealed possible incidents of vote  suppression as reflected in the percentage of cancelled ballots in some states .

In a paper presentation, he explained that for the 2019 Presidential Elections, cancellation were announced in all states except the FCT.

He said 3.3% of the ballots from the 2019 Presidential Election were cancelled this is four times higher than the rate  from 2015 with less than 1%.

Also, the National Commissioner on Registration and Election Review Committee for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Antonia Simbine said the factors in which voters are denied access to vote are not contrived or intentional .

On deliberate reasons why voters are not allowed to vote , Simbine said it is strange to her with all the efforts the commission is making in ensuring free and fair elections.

“We are not aware about these challenges and we need to make efforts to continue to improve the electoral processes,” he said.

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