IN a determined bid to deepen the participation of more Nigerians in the conduct of General Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is in the process of updating its eligible voter register through the on-going continuous voter registration nationwide.
INEC has the constitutional responsibility of not only organizing and supervising the electoral system but is also ensuring that all validly qualified voters are duly registered to vote for candidates sponsored by the various political parties for different elective offices in general elections.
IN order to ensure resounding success in this task, there is overriding need for enlightenment on the need for all who have attained the age of 18 years to make themselves available for registration at registration points nearest to their places of residence so that distance should not hinder them from voting during elections.
THE task of potential voter enlightenment should not be left to INEC alone but the political parties should lead the way for other stakeholders like the media, trade unions, the religious, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, business and youth leaders.
IT should be noted that, the failure or success of any elected official or government is first determined by the choices made by the electorate at every stage of election.
NOTE should be taken of the fact that as the next round of general elections approach in 2023, the only condition for participation is the enfranchisement process presented by the on-going voter registration by the INEC.
ANOTHER onerous task that must be surmounted lies in the dismantling of voter apathy and generating the right attitudes in the electorate towards eliciting higher voter turnout than witnessed in previous elections.
ALL stakeholders must be unanimous that the first step towards ensuring that the general elections of 2023 are successful is the success of the on-going voter registration nationwide.
NIGERIANS have to come to terms with the fact that the sustenance of the prevailing democratic dispensation lies in credible elections that can only be midwifed and delivered by the Independent National Electoral Commission through a process of validated voter registers that accord the potential electorate the franchise to decide through the ballot to form their governments.