The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed in February 2021 that voter turnout across Nigeria hovered around 30 to 35% of registered voters in the last two electoral cycles.
Voter apathy is a big issue which has beset Nigeria’s election for years and a threat for her democracy. There’s been a call for the Nigerian government, NGOs and other concerned citizens to take up the responsibility of massive voter education before elections.
In 2015, Co-creation Hub together with partners developed and launched GoVote.ng, a platform and campaign to educate Nigerians on how to register to vote in the country’s General Elections and mobilise them to do so.
During the 2019 general election cycle, the platform was expanded to provide information to first time voters on what to expect on election day, voter education around responsible conduct before and during the elections and aggregation of information points geared towards helping voters make informed choices about candidates and conducting citizen surveys on election governance.
CcHUB, supported by Luminate Group and the National Endowment for Democracy has now set an ambitious goal of leveraging GoVote.ng to register 5,000,000 Nigerians by the 2023 elections.
In line with #GoVote’s objective to increase citizens involvement and participation in the electoral process, the maiden edition of the Twitter Spaces will feature a conversation on “Navigating the CVR process: Youth Representation & the 2023 Election”.
Despite the increased number of new registrations in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, 44.6% of registration have been declared invalid according to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), while over 45% of citizens are yet to complete their registration.
It is therefore important to engage citizens, attend to their questions in order to mitigate the issue of double registration.
The conversation will explore key issues about citizens' response to the CVR while providing answers to questions on PVC collect and de-registration of voters. The discourse will also explore key issues about youth representation and the 2023 elections
The confirmed panellists are:
- Muyiwa Yussuf - HOD ICT/VR, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Lagos State
- Iyanu Bolarinwa - Assistant Manager, International Growth - BudgIT
- Cynthia Mbamalu - Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa
The conversation will be moderated by Eweka Ogieomo (Project Manager, GoVote, Co-creation Hub) on Twitter Spaces, on Wednesday April 27th, 2022, at 4:00 PM WAT. Join the conversation using the hashtag #GoVoteNg.