As a result of the low turnout during the general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be forced to destroy about 65 percent of the ballot papers.
INEC says though it had prepared electoral materials for 50 million people ahead of the 2019 general elections, the body will now have to destroy a large number of the materials.
This situation was made public by the INEC National Commissioner, Dr. Mustapha Lecky, during a live program on Channels TV, The Verdict.
Lecky disclosed that while the law mandated the availability of materials for all, only 35 percent of voters showed up to participate in the elections.
According to him, there must be a drastic electoral reform which will encourage large voter turnout in subsequent elections.
He called for the introduction of technological innovation into the electoral process in order to ensure better participation of electorates subsequently.
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He said: “The task of reforming the electoral process and engendering greater citizens’ participation is not a task for INEC alone. It requires the involvement of all Nigerians. It is a process we must all show interest in. INEC is currently doing far too many things”.
“One begins to wonder how legitimate the mandate is when only about 15 to 20 percent of voters determine the winners. What happens to the rest of the citizens.”