…Decries electoral apathy
NATIONAL Orientation Agency (NOA), Anambra State Directorate, has disclosed plan to embark on house-to-house community mobilisation and sensitisation of the Anambra electorate on the need for them to take active part in the forthcoming governorship election in the
The state director, NOA, Anambra State Directorate, Charles Nwoji, made this known during a stakeholders’ round-table meeting organised by the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, in Awka, recently.The NOA Director, who explained that the house-to-house community mobilisation and sensitisation became necessary due to the presumed security threat to large gathering in the state, expressed displeasure over high level of electoral apathy in the previous elections in the state, urging the stakeholders to use the gubernatorial election as a means to be the Light of the Nation.
He said, “if we cast our minds back to 2017, … there was a call for no election, but Anambra people strode on and overcame the situation. Therefore, I urge you not to be overly worried.
“I will say this with some regret; Anambra State has been an area noted with some level of apathy. In the last election, we have over 2.5 million registered voters in the state, but only about 500,000 voters came out to vote…
“However, I want use this opportunity to call on Anambra citizens to break the jinx of electoral apathy.
“Let us ensure that our youths, our parents, everybody under us go out that day to vote instead of turning the day as all-sleep day; let us make this November 6 election an election with difference; let us be the light of the nation through this election.
“We must ensure also that women and people living with disabilities are given enough latitude to exercise their franchise”, he advised.
Nwoji further appealed to community and religious leaders, the media, the security agents and Independent National Electoral Commission to be patriotic and responsible in discharging their duties, noting that the success of the governorship election is only possible through collaborative effort.
His words, “the police and other paramilitary agencies, you should embolden the people, begin to give them assurance that they are in a safe hand. We, in Anambra, believe that with your patriotic involvement in this election, the election will flow smoothly.
“I also call on INEC to be above board – it should make fairness, equity its watchword. It should be transparent in all it does. This will rekindle the people’s confidence to come out and vote in the election.
“Traditional and religious leaders, I must remind you that each vote your subject cast, will clearly pave way for better governance in Anambra State. So, you should ensure that your subjects exercise their civic duty by participating in the election.
“The media, a lot depend on you. You must do the needful; ensure you report objectively and appropriately because it is what you give out that guides society”, he explained.