The Independent National Electoral Commission has advocated effective collaboration among stakeholders to stimulate peaceful and all inclusive participation in next year’s General Elections.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mutiu Agboke was speaking at a stakeholders workshop organized by the Justice Development and Peace Maker Centre, JDPMC, in Osogbo.
Since assumption of office as the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mutiu Agboke has been sensitizing residents on the need to actively participate in next year’s election.
This multi stakeholders workshop provides another opportunity for him to further highlights some of the activities of the commission towards ensuring a credible poll.
The workshop also had in attendance representatives of security agencies, civil society organizations including the media.
Participants stressed the need to address low youth and women participation in elections, issues of uncollected PVCs, marginalization of people living with disabilities as well as electoral violence among others.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner assures that no candidate will win the election through the backdoor.
The convener says the workshop will help in increasing the turnout of voters to over 70% as against 35.6% turnout of voters recorded in 2019.
The need for a peaceful 2023 Elections cannot be over emphasized as this will go a long way in ensuring that Nigerians are able to elect the leader of their choice at all levels without fear of intimidation from any quarters.
This has also become more important following a spate of attacks on the facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission which at the last count have reached over 40 and have also led to the loss of sensitive and No sensitive materials.
The commission said apart from this, it has made logistics and planning for the elections more difficult and challenging.
The commission recently suffered two separate attacks in Ogun and Osun States on its facilities with unknown persons burning down offices in Ede South and Abeokuta.