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Abdul Fatai Ilyas
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ogun State, Olusegun Agbaje has told the political parties leaders in the State to talk to their followers if they want free- and fair elections in 2023.
Agbaje made this call during a meeting held with the party leaders in Abeokuta, the State capital.
He said the development is necessary because the level of participation of citizens in the state during the first quarter of Continuous Voter Registration exercise both online and physical was very low, compared to other States in the country.
He stressed that the political parties have the mandate to ensure that they properly educate and mobilize their followers for effective participation in the electoral process.
His words “It is however pertinent to note that the level of participation of eligible citizens of the State in the first quarter of the CVR exercise both online and physical was very low compared to other States in the country particularly across the South West zones where States like Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States that have less population of Nigerians compared to Ogun State performed far better.
“I want to draw your attention to the fact that apart from providing platforms for the sponsorship of candidates during elections, political parties have the mandate to ensure that they properly educate and mobilize the voters for effective participation in the electoral process through the conduct of lectures, seminars, conferences and conventions in line with the Electoral Act 2010 .
“I want to strongly advice you to mobilize your followers and other eligible citizens to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the CVR to register as voters in order to be empowered to exercise their civic responsibilities in the 2023 General Election and other future elections, he said .