Election is a critical feature inherent to democracy. It is one reason for elected officials to remain accountable to the electorate, a medium through which the people get to show their own form of power – when the politicians return to the voters at prescribed intervals to continue in office. For Nigeria, elections are held every four years.
Election is a process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. However, Nigerians are of the belief that elections over the years are not the true reflection of their voting. It is an obvious fact that elections in Nigeria, right from the post inference national election of 1964 to the general election of 2015, are characterized with wide spread rigging, polling irregularities, intimidation and chaos,resulting into serious constitutional and legal dilemma. The 2015 election was particularly alleged to be characterized by underage voters and mercenaries from neighboring countries in the northern part.
All these negatives and ills associated with elections in Nigeria have resulted in creating a sort of apathy towards elections among majority of eligible electorates. Many Nigerians are of the opinions that the stress they would undergo to exercise their civic duty of voting is not worth it, as the results of the election would not reflect their wishes in the end. This makes people show their grievances towards the electoral process by staying away from voting on election day, while those who come out only do so just for voting sake and not because they believe in the power of their votes. For example In the 2015 elections, about 30 million people voted out of 68.8 million registered voters. Also, A pre-election poll by Gallup showed that only 13% of Nigerians had confidence in the honesty of elections.
On the contrary, those sets of Nigerians who express apathy towards elections are doing themselves and the country more harm as staying away from voting only gives dubious and corrupt politicians the room to cause polling irregularities and perpetuate rigging.
It is important that we know that we have the weapon to fight the battle as God directs us. Your VOTE is your SAY in deciding who to vest your mandate upon, to lead you from 2019 and beyond at all levels of governance in Nigeria. We should not only vote but we should also ensure that we
monitor our votes so as to guard against manipulation and irregularities. Above all and in all situations, let us be guided by this popular quote “all that glitters is not gold”, let us not be deceived by these self serving politician and place the interest & future of our nation as our utmost priority and ultimate reason for voting any candidate .