2019 elections: IPOB’s call for boycott may lead to voter apathy in S’East - CTA

By Mary Okoh

The Acting Executive Director of Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA), Faith Nwadishi, has expressed worry that the call by Indigent People of Biafra (IPOB) on the people of South East to boycott the general election pose a security challenge in the region and may lead to voter apathy.
At a Zonal stakeholders’ meeting organized by CTA in Enugu on Friday with theme, “Towards a credible 2019 elections: The role of stakeholders,” Nwadishi said that such call may lead to deliberate disentranment of citizens.
According to her, “you will agree with us that boycotting the 2019 election will not be in the best interest of the South East. In fact, that will be real self-inflicted marginalization and it may lead to low turnout of voters.
She also lamented over the desperate attitude of some politicians in an attempt to win election at all cost, saying, “In recent times, politicians have become desperate in the manner they go about their campaign and quest to win at all cost. Campaigns have been centered more on the use of words aimed at causing unrest in the polity instead of focusing on issue. This level of desperation is not good for the polity.”
Nwadishi therefore called on politicians to reduce acrimony and avoid acting on any manner that will derail a peaceful, free, fair and credible election.

Besides, the Ag Excutuve Director called for synergy among the security agencies in Nigeria to ensure peaceful election, noting, “There is need for better cooperation among the security agencies across the country and respect for the rights of citizens to vote their candidate of the choice.
“Security personnel are supposed to be non-partisan and collaborate with the election umpire as well as citizens to deliver a free, fair and credible election. We therefore call for a synergy between INEC and security agencies especially, the police to harmonize operations and work as a team for a common goal and National good. INEC is the body in charge of elections and the police play complementary roles especially before election, election-Day and post-election day security.”
She explained that CTA is an accredited election observation group by INEC and has observed main elections and off season election including the governorship and Senatorial election held in Anambra State.
She thereby disclosed that CTA would deploy 2000 observers across the country for 2019 election.

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