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OGSIEC Worries Over Voter Apathy

Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC)  has expressed concern over the voter apathy in Ogun state to local government polls.

The agency chairman, Babatunde Osibodu, expressed his concern while receiving participants of the senior executive course 44 of the national institute for policy and strategic studies, Kuru, near Jos in his office in Abeokuta.

According to Osibodu, out of the 1.6 million registered voters in the state, only 372,600 or 22.8 percent voted in the 2021 local government poll.

The apathy of voters, according to the OGSIEC chairman poses a major threat to the polls.

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He believes that the voter apathy could be as a result of the failure of elected local government officials to make meaningful impact on the grassroots during their respective tenure.

Osibodu advocates the introduction of electronic voting, which according to him is very expensive and requires the availability of experienced ICT and cyber security experts.

According to Osibodu, only Kaduna state government had experimented with digital voting in the conduct of local government.

He, however said electoral voting would help to make local government polls more credible, as it would reduce electoral malpractices, waiting time in counting of votes.

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