REQUEST FOR STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT WITH INEC ON THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
The OurMumuDonDo movement is a national reawakening movement; a conglomeration of dedicated change agents; a movement for the emancipation of the suffering Nigerian masses; a movement defiantly calling for good governance and accountability. The movement aims to reinvigorate the deadened spirit of nationalism and advocacy in the Nigerian people particularly the youths.
More importantly, the movement is vehemently determined to increase the participation of the Nigerian people especially the youths who dominate more than average of the entire population of our nation to get actively involved in the daily affairs of governance through the judicious and maximum use of their franchise.
Despite being the most populous nation in Africa, and as we are fondly called, the Giant of Africa, it is worrisome that we have been unable to convince millions of Nigerians to trust and participate in the processes of voting and electing visionary leaders to positions of power. The consequence of the pervasive distrust and apathy for the electoral process demonstrated by the Nigerian people is the deplorable emergence of half-baked, selfish, gerontocratic, and unpatriotic politicians in leadership positions.
In furtherance of the aforementioned, the OurMumuDonDo Movement, after series of meticulous observations of the electoral process, and interface with voters across the nation, deems it fit to engage the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on what we have discovered so far.
While we commend INEC on some giant strides it has recorded since its formation, and the space it is giving to dialogue this period on how to improve our electoral process, the movement wishes to engage the commission on the following challenges encumbering mass participation of the Nigerian people in the electoral process:
i. The challenge of voters’ registration in different parts of the country, especially with regards to the unavailability of required registration centers in most of the states in Nigeria.
ii. The challenge of voters’ apathy and disenfranchisement as a result of the long-time practice of rigidity in the electoral process.
iii. The challenge of conspicuous deficiencies with regards to Electronic Voting, the compilation of results, and accurate documentation and reportage of the number of votes nationwide.
In view of the foregoing, therefore, we humbly request a strategic engagement with INEC to discuss the issues identified above and other likely developments obstructing the electoral process, and how we can equally be of significant help as stakeholders.
We sincerely hope that our request will be given a quick attention, treated with dispatch and a date of engagement will be communicated to the group soonest.
The OurMumuDonDo movement is deeply and genuinely concerned that if necessary actions are not taken to remedy deficiencies plaguing the electoral process, it will be difficult to eradicate voter-apathy and disenfranchisement, and even more difficult to sustain our democracy.
Whilst awaiting your crucial response, please accept the assurances of our highest regards.
FOR: Concerned Nigerians
Ariyo Dare Atoye
For: Coalition in Defence Of Nigerian Democracy
Bako Abdul Usman
For: Campaign For Democracy
FOR: MAD Connect