Low Voters Turnout in Anambra: the reasons and implications

The Anambra state gubernatorial elections have come and gone. However, the low turnout of voters remains a cause for concern.

As reported by the Independent Electoral Commission’s returning officer for Anambra, Zana Akpagu, “a total of 2,064,134 registered as eligible voters out of which only 448,771 actually cast their votes”. Statistically, only 22% of registered eligible voters ended up casting their votes.

One can only attribute this low turn out to the rising incidence of political and voter apathy which had characterized previous elections in Nigeria as well as the distrust of electorates against politicians.

Furthermore, the socioeconomic and education level can also be linked to an electorate’s propensity to vote. The issue of religious and ethnic bias, as well as perceived electoral violence, also has its role in the decision to vote. Other causes can also come from alleged intimidation from security agents, stress encountered from the malfunctioning of card readers, non-flexibility of the entire electoral system and security threats issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The grave consequences and impact of the aforementioned causes on our democracy cannot be overemphasized. It threatens democracy and weakens the foundations and core principles of electoral processes. Unfortunately, the docility of Nigerian electorates towards political participation is being capitalized on by politicians to manipulate elections to the detriment of the citizens who are so ignorant of the power of their votes.

In other to avert this growing trend of voter apathy, there is a need for an effective voter education to be fused into the existing academic curriculum. Also, Civil Society Organizations and religious institutions need to embark on a large-scale citizen enlightenment campaign before the 2019 General elections.

Flexibility in electoral processes will no doubt improve turn out of electorates. This must reflect on initiating technology and eliminating the common cases of card reader malfunction. Policies that improve flexibility in the area of registration timing, location and procedures should also be adjusted.

Conclusively, issues regarding loss of voter’s card and change of location should be addressed as electorates should be able to vote wherever they find themselves so long they have their profiles on INEC’s database.





The Student Union Government of The Federal College of Fisheries and marine Technology in Partnership with Fojen Foundation Presents THE CORPORATE YOUTH INITIATIVE.

Fojen Foundation is a youth empowerment programme designed to focus on preparing final year undergraduates for the corporate environment[Labor Market] through ENLIGHTENMENT and SKILL DEVELOPMENT.


  • Understanding corporate systems, Management and Ethnics.
  • 6 months internship programs (offered to the best students graded from our online test).
  • Certificate of Attendance.
  • Free self development literature materials[offered to the best interactive students]

DATE: 21st-22nd july 2016
(21st- intensive training, 22nd-Questions/Answers/Career Counseling Sessions)
VENUE: Student Hall
TIME: 10am
BREAK: 45 mins

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This is the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development to replace the MDGs.

Remember the MDGs enacted back in year 2000? Were we even able to achieve all 8 goals?

In September 25th 2015, New York hosted 193 countries in adopting and endorsing some set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new Sustainable Development Agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

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There is no doubt to the fact that renewable energy resource remains fundamental to human activities. According to (Glossary of Environmental Statistics, 2007) renewable energy resources are described as those natural resources that, after exploitation, can return to their previous stock levels by natural processes of growth or replenishment. Renewable resource like solar energy, hydro-power, wind power and biomass from agricultural products are all important aspect of sustainability that can replenish and overcome usage and consumption through either biological reproduction or natural occurring processes.

In my home country Nigeria, the drive towards a sustainable renewable energy source could be tagged to still be in its nascent stage as the only source of renewable energy in the country is mainly hydro-power and biomass. Wind and solar energy have only been deployed in minimal amount.

Overtime, environmentalists, activists as well as energy and environmental enthusiasts have identified major renewable energy sources available across the country. In the Northern part of Nigeria like as Kano, Sokoto and Borno states, solar and wind energy have been identified as being a potential for generating power due to the high temperatures from daily insolation and clear skies associated with the region. In the Southern part of the country such as delta, Lagos and Rivers states, ocean energy and wind power have been tagged as an energy potential due to the coastal uniqueness of the southern part of the country which bounds the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, with such untapped wealth of renewable resource at our disposal here in Nigeria, not much has been done to exploit these God’s given resources. The government of Nigeria has not been driven so far to enact and back up policies that can develop and manage these free resources sustainably. Unfortunately, factors ranging from huge expenditure required, lack of technical competence, corruption and lack of the willpower from respective stakeholders and policy makers have been pointed as being the major cause of setback.

Also, the policy framework on renewable resource as established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2003, which is well outlined, has not been able to achieve most of its objectives. The fact that only about 40% of the country’s over 140 million inhabitants have access to electricity (Okafor, et.al, 2010) is enough to propel the policy makers into striving to compliment the dwindling power problem with the non renewable resource which is in abundant from the Northern desert to the Southern coastlands and from the Western uplands to the Eastern scarplands.

However, with the new government in Nigeria, and with the appointment of a new minister for environment in the person of Mrs Amina Mohammed, there have been gradual progress to go green in the energy sector with the creation of a Department of Climate Change within the ministry and the establishment of the Great Green Wall and Shelter Belt Project in some front-line northern states (Gombe, Kebbi, Sokoto, Bauchi jigawa and Kano). These and many other initiatives will no doubt lead to the promotion of alternative renewable sources of energy. Nevertheless, much is still needed to be done.

Conclusively, I believe there is need for more volunteers, environmental and renewable energy advocates, law makers and stakeholders to further create a body that can advise the government of Nigeria into diverting from the current non renewable energy resource (fossil fuel) which has caused more damage than harm in form of oil spillage and gas flaring which occurs daily in the Niger Delta area of the country. This is important so as to mitigate to the lowest minimum the effect of greenhouse gases that are generated from the conventional non renewable resources. In addition, Nigeria needs to develop green technologies and create the enabling environment for interested investors that can help tap and develop these resources.

Furthermore, Nigeria being a signatory to several international conventions on climate change must reduce their emissions by embracing the generation of energy from the above mentioned renewable resources which is abundant all over the country as its availability will not only improve the energy sector but will also develop the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy and in turn lead to economic growth and development.


Glossary of Environmental Statistics, Studies in Methods. Series F, No 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Okafor, E.C.N, and Joel,-Uzuegbu, C.K.A (2010) Challenges to Development of Renewable Energy for Electric Power Sector in Nigeria. International Journal of Academic Research. Vol. 292): pp 211-216.

Renewables 2007 Global Status Report, REN 21 (Paris) and World watch institute (Washington, DC), page 41

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