Failed campaign promises, two other factors responsible for low voter turnout, says Mahmood Yakubu

Failed campaign promises, two other factors responsible for low voter turnout, says Mahmood Yakubu

- Former INEC chief, Mahmood Yakubu, has highlighted some factors behind low voter turnout in Nigeria

- Yakubu listed the factors which include electoral violence when he appeared before the Senate Committee on INEC

- The former INEC boss has been nominated for a second term by President Buhari and is awaiting the approval of the Senate

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has revealed some reasons why Nigeria records low turnout of voters during elections.

Premium Times reports that Yakubu who has been nominated for a second term by President Muhammadu Buhari made the disclosure on Thursday, November 26, when he appeared before the Senate Committee on INEC for screening.

The newspaper, citing data from INEC, notes that after an initial increase in voter turnout between 1999 and 2003, participation in subsequent elections has continued to decline.

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Low voter turnout in Nigeria's elections: Mahmood Yakubu lists three factors responsible
Failed campaign promises, two other factors responsible for low voter turnout, says Mahmood Yakubu. Photo credit: @inecnigeria
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In 2007, 57 per cent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots. The number dropped to 54 per cent in 2011. It went down again in 2015 to 44 per cent.

In the last election, the 2019 presidential election, only 34.75 per cent of registered voters actually voted.

Three major reasons for low voter turnout, according to the former INEC boss, are:

1. Failure of politicians to fulfil campaign promises

The former INEC boss said Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns. Thus, many decide to stay home during elections.

2. Inadequate mobilisation of voters

Yakubu added that poor mobilisation of citizens is also part of the reasons why Nigeria experiences low voter turnout.

He noted that encouraging voters to turnout is an important function that is supposed to be discharged by political parties and relevant government agencies like the National Orientation Agency.

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3. Electoral violence

The former INEC chief also explained that the fear of violence or threat of violence also contributes to low voter turnout.

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Meanwhile, Mike Igini, the Akwa Ibom state resident electoral commissioner has said that local government elections in Nigeria are nothing but organised crime.

Igini who made the disclosure on Wednesday, November 25, noted that local government polls should not be called elections in any way.

The electoral commissioner went on to accuse state governors of interfering in the conduct of the elections at the grassroots level.

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