The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said there is serious voter Apathy in the country.
To reverse the trend, INEC have commissioned a research to be headed by Prof OE Olubusoye of the University of Ibadan, who are to trace the problem causing voter apathy and how it can be solved.
Speaking at a focus group discussion programme organized by The Electoral Institute (TEI) on voter apathy towards voter registration and election in Nigeria, National Commissioner and chairman, Board of TEI, Prince Solomon Soyebi, said INEC have been having sleepless nights on the menace of drastic reduction in participation of voters in elections in Nigeria.
“I want to state here that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been having sleepless night on the menace of drastic reduction in the participation of Nigerian voters in the elections.
“This is a reflected by the data which shows an increasingly sharp drop within the last decade between 1999 and 2019 in voter turnout,” Soyebi said.
For example, Soyebi said the average voter turnout during the 1999 general elections was 52.3 percent which dropped to 34.7 percent during the 2019 general elections.
“The implication is that only a few number of people are increasingly becoming involved in election of our leaders. This challenging trend is disturbing and needs to be addressed immidiately,” Soyebi added.
The chairman of TEI, Dr Sa’ad Umar Idris said the institute will continue to collaborate with various stakeholders to improve people participation in the electoral process adding that without the research, the problem of voter apathy will continue to pasist.
He called on the participants to ensure that the problem of voter apathy is identify which according to him, will help the commission in conducting hitch free future elections.