Only 22 per cent voters partook in Anambra election – INEC

Sorting of ballots at unit 6 ward 3, idemili north LGA

Less than a quarter of the total number of registered voters actually participated in the Anambra governorship election on Saturday.

According to the Returning Officer of the election, Zana Akpagu, a total of 2,064,134 residents registered as eligible voters for the election with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Of this number, only 457, 511, about 22.16 per cent, actually came out on Election Day to be accredited.

Regardless, not all the 457,511 accredited people actually cast their vote. The INEC figure shows that only 21.74 per cent of the registered voters (448,771) actually cast their votes.

For example, Idemili North local Government Area which has the highest number of registered voters, 178,938, had only 25,254 (14.11 per cent) being accredited.

Already, the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, has claimed credit for the low voter turnout across the state. The secessionist group in a statement on Saturday said Anambra residents listened to is demand that they boycott the polls.

IPOB is calling for the breakaway of the Igbos from Nigeria to form an independent Biafra. The group has been labelled a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian government.

Beyond the IPOB threat, PREMIUM TIMES observed that many Anambra residents were not able to vote due to discrepancies in the INEC voters register and the failure of many card reader machines. Thousands of votes across the state were cancelled due to these reasons and over-voting in some polling units.

The low turnout of voters in Anambra State has, however, followed a consistent pattern in the state.

Since 1999, governorship elections in the state never witnessed up to 50 per cent of voter turnout, except in the 2007 election which was marred by allegations of massive rigging.

A review of the voters’ turnout figures since 2007 shows a progressive decline.

During the 2010 governorship election, of the 1.84 million registered voters in Anambra, only 302,000, or 16 per cent voters turned out to vote on Election Day.

In 2013, a similar pattern played out, with only 465,891, or 24 per cent of the total 1,770,127 registered voters actually voting.

On Saturday, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Oseloka Obaze, expressed disappointment over the low turnout of voters.

“You can explain the situation in the cities that people travelled to the village to vote. But, in the villages there seemed to be a mix up,” he said.

EXPERT SPEAKS

The Director, Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, Idayat Hassan, explained that the low turnout of voters in the state was not something strange, as it followed a pattern in the state.

“There is nothing unusual about it. The low turn-out followed a pattern that is known about elections in the state. It raises critical questions on what democracy means to the people in the state and country and how they judge the system,” she said.

According to the CDD boss, some of these issues include questions of trust in the government by the people.

“There are places where the total number of voters that turned out to vote was 14 per cent out of the total number of registered voters in the local government, which is quite low,” she said. “What should be the target is how to get people to turn out and vote. If nothing changes, then it means the country is still faced with lots of challenges going forward.”

“If Idemili North, one of the most populous local governments in the state, with about 180,000 people, had only 25,000 people, or 14 per cent turn-out, then this tells a story that the appetite of the people for democracy is going lower, and something needs to be done about it.

“It is not just the civil society or media that need to take urgent action, but also the politicians as well. People need to be concerned about the level of governance and the paraphernalia that goes into policy making,” she said.

Besides, she said, the large security presence and the nature of politics may have played a role in the poor turn-out of voters during elections, as some people could have become afraid of violence and political fracas at polling units among contesting political parties.

She also blamed the low turn-out on the threat by IPOB and the unusual security presence in the state in the run up to the elections, same as in 2003, 2010, and 2013.


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  • mefonna

    Liars, keep lying while we present ebidence against you. IPOB roundly defeated the zoo called Nigeria. If only 22% because they were rented(with reports of bote buyers), the rest of the 78% obeyed IPOB call for boycott. Fact!

    • aisha ani

      What difference does your winning make?

      • mefonna

        Vote of no confidence on the imposed, fraudulent election system by the zoo called Nigeria on Biafraland. That is what it achieved.

      • Kickboxer

        It is a test run. Like you terrorists test run a location before blowing yourselves up IPOB is test running referendum in Biafraland before the full-blown referendum will be called. keep watching…

      • Julius

        Zero, zip, nada !!!

  • Kickboxer

    Yes. Yariba slave…he deserves a billion pounds actually for demonstrating to the whole world that you live in a ZOO and people have taken notice.

    • aisha ani

      And what do the boys roaming the streets deserve, when he gets a billion pounds?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Look at this mugu, who’s totally and mentally enslaved to the conman aka Kanu, pointing his crooked tarsals in my direction.

      Did it not occur to you that it’s only unthinking and retarded animals like you that can be so easily conned into parting with their monies in such a fashion as he did? Well, I’m not surprised.

      Most hard working Igbo knew Kanu was always a fraudster and steered clear of him. Only the rabble, drug-peddling dregs and oafs like you are left baring and gnashing their isi-ewu stained teeth in frustration.

      Anyway, the Holy Bible already said it clearly that the disinherited would be further impoverished.

      You can continue donating your spare parts proceeds to The Director and I won’t even bother asking “oginni ne me gi n’isi?”

  • aisha ani

    I bet the man had Thanksgiving in church today.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Lol

    • Julius

      lmaooooooooo !!

  • igboham

    was that from your state or CBN?

  • mefonna

    Only the zoo animal called Nigeria can reason the way you do.To them,”boycott” means stopping election.imbecillic!

    • pambegua

      What does boycott of election means to a terrorist (IPOB) Organization? Educate us

    • Justice Equity

      Nobody boycotted any election anywhere, I am from anambra state, anambra people are too wise to be ordered around by miscreants, hooligans and agberos in the name of ipob election boycott.
      In 2013 the total votes cast in the governorship poll was 465,000 and this years own is 447,000.
      In fact obiano and apga garnered more votes in this election than in 2013,so where is the evidence of the boycott.
      Nnamdi KANU is too irresponsible to be allowed to dictate the pace of our anambra politics.
      What the great ikemba could not do,is it ‘nwa nza’ hunchbacked KANU that can do it.
      Mumu people.

    • Julius

      I’m not a bit surprised that you are so proud of terrorists threatening you own people…and you are calling the country a ‘zoo’ ? Do you losers think at all ?

  • Solomon Brown

    Would anyone counter the argument that the low voter turnout was a result of IPOB urging voters not to participate in the just held gubernatorial election?

    • Justice Equity

      What about that of 2013?,one thing that some of you tends to forget is the non challant attitude of majority of Igbo youths towards voting in an election.

    • tundemash

      Olodo, read the news and stop responsing based on headlines.

      During the 2010 governorship election, of the 1.84 million registered voters in Anambra, only 302,000, or 16 per cent voters turned out to vote on Election Day.
      In 2013, a similar pattern played out, with only 465,891, or 24 per cent of the total 1,770,127 registered voters actually voting.

      Was it also your terror group IPOB that caused the low turnout in 2010 and 2013 ?

  • Solomon Brown

    Do a quick search on voter turnout in the 2013 gubernatorial elections, compare that to this election and you might find his comment to be true.

    • Justice Equity

      It isn’t true my friend, the voter turn out in 2013 governorship poll was 465,000 while this year is 447,000 ,with all the ipob threat and propaganda .

  • Lanre

    Not sure how credible an election in which 1 out of 5 registered electors voted is? While the sample might be representative, still a threshold needs to be in place for credibility’s sake.

    • Julius

      You are indeed a funny fella. Yes, the election took place and the governor is duly elected. Nigeria or Anambra state is not the only place that the voter turnout is low…the result always stand. Get educated sir.

  • Decimator

    Once again; We will ever remain grateful to Mohammadu Buhari and the state Tyranny he is representing for turning the;

    Indiginous People of Biafra (IPOB)

    to

    The Republic of Biafra and her Indegenes.

    May the souls of the young men and women their genocidal maschine brutally murdered in cold blood keep hunting them for the rest of their life.

    Kudos once again!

    • Julius

      Genius, so the election won’t stand ? The elected governor will still be the governor regardless the % of the voters. You and ipob can’t do shit about it.

      • Paschal Charles

        I thought vanguard Zoo paid media outfit was reporting mass turnout of voters on the election day. Shame to all Zoo media , shame to Buhari. If lying zoo media outfit can report that only 22% registered voters voted in Anambra it then means that not up to 10% voted . How are the mighty fallen.

        • Julius

          There you go..na Buhari’s fault..chei, Igbo mannnnnnnnnnn !!.lolz

        • pambegua

          Na today. Even when you gave 5% the country did not fall. How I wish nobody comes out for the election? FG will still appoint one Fulani HERDSMAN as your Governor and you can’t do nothing. If I were you I will keep thanking the 22%(10%) Igbo voters who save your ass

  • Timothy

    Its called voters Apathy but never mind it happens in other elections where not everyone came out to vote….its normal besides the sun is very hot these days and not everyone will want to wait in the sun for so long to vote….they had the chance to vote their preferred candidate to power…I guess they did not care who is governor….well no matter. Obiano won so life must move on…..thanks to INEC for a good done.

  • JasV

    I plead with everyone to vote with us in the zoo. It’s better than going to be slaves in Libya of all places. If not you loose in two fronts because even if voter turnout is 1% the winner carries the day and still slaves. GOD FORBID o

  • pambegua

    For a start leave that your business in Alaba market and locàte your family to Aba and request your brothers to do same then we will know you are serious. But you still lives in the zoo and you are ranting that you should be left alone. Who is holding you

    • Really

      This issue has advanced beyond the same old story.

      Sorry

    • Julius

      Bro, the shameless loud mouth morons can’t leave us alone. They know damn well that they won’t make it in Aba or anyplace else in their kidnapping den. It’s all about making noise and perpetuating fraud.

  • KINI

    If the “Esq.” behind your name should be indicating that you are a lawyer, I cry for the level of the Law School that trained you.

    Sorry

  • KINI

    If the “Esq.” behind your name should be indicating that you are a lawyer, I cry for the level of the Law School that trained you.

    Sorry

  • marcos avelino

    This is no news its been the same pattern in 2003, 2010, and 2013.!!

  • marcos avelino

    This is no news its been the same pattern in 2003, 2010, and 2013.!!

  • Julius

    Fake news…there wasn’t an election in biafraud land. up ipob !

  • thusspokez

    Only 22 per cent voters partook in Anambra election

    Chineke! This demonstrates total collapse in confidence and trust in the politicians.

  • Julius

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahhaa !!

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  • PREITY

    Just like it affected the price of your dirty black amala and ewedu.

  • igboham

    I had hoped that the un-deluded like you would go back and and ask questions – Has IPOB amassed that kind of money is such a little time? Does her financial structure allow such stealing? No – you prefer name calling and insults as your ‘country Nigeria is fleeced daily by your overlords. I am glad that my people have absolutely nothing in common with with you guys in spite of your desperation to have us. Bye and have a good day.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    It does appear that IPOB may have had a little bit of influence in the low turnout but overall this has been the case in Nigeria. A lot of it ironically is attributed to what IPOB may claim are the reasons, that people don’t believe in the system or discomfort from the sun, or likelihood that the results will be rigged, etc. Regardless, it is a sign of how the public views the system and the elites, with disregard. Nonetheless, there will be a governor in Anambra and business will, at least for now, continue as usual.