By Raphael Jov, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has blamed the declining youths’ participation in political process on the failure of candidates to fulfill campaigns promises.
The commission also identified loss of confidence in electoral commission, electoral fraud, cumbersome electoral process, insecurity and violence as other factors.
Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, represented by National Commissioner and chairman Board of Electoral Institute during the first Abubakar Momoh Memorial Lecture, in Abuja, on Thursday, assured that INEC would continue to improve on the electoral process.
Reacting to the topic of the lecture, “Youth Empowerment and Political Participation in Nigeria” the INEC boss said: “From the records, youth participation in electoral process is declining.”“Some of the factors that led to this includes non challant attitude of the citizenry, failure of candidates to fulfill electoral promises made during campaigns, loss of confidence in electoral commission, electoral fraud, cumbersome of the electoral process, insecurity and violence.
“All the political parties promised the electorates various empowerment schemes, if the politicians fulfilled their promises, the electorates will have confidence in the system and this may lead to more participation in 2019 General Elections.
“INEC on its part has continued to improve on the electoral process. The Commission has put up mechanism to eliminate manual collation of election results; this can be seen in the amended electoral act.
“Election results will be transmitted real-time online from the Polling Units and once these results are uploaded the computer system will do the collation without need for human intervention.
“This will ensure that people’s votes count. Therefore, elections will be won and loss at the polling units,” he emphasised.