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Obasa, Yishawu List  Factors For Successful Elections In 2023

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa  and the lawmaker representing Eti-Osa constituency II, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu at the weekend advocated for earnest policy direction ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The duo who spoke to newsmen at the 17th Lagos State Executive/Legislative parley stressed that adequate preparations were needed to make the elections successful.

At the summit with the theme: ”Mobilising Citizens as a Social Capital Towards 2023 General Elections,” the lawmakers emphasized the need for collaboration between the two arms of government for seamless governance.

Obasa said, there should be adequate voter education to avoid voter apathy, violence and cases of void votes during the exercise.

He added that the fact that Nigeria is preparing for the 2023 elections means that democracy has become entrenched in the country.

Obasa said: “The fact that Nigeria is planning another election after twenty three years of democratic transition is a sign that democratic principles have been widely accepted in spite of the myriad of problems confronting the process.

“As the nation shows growing commitment to its stability, the time is ripe for civil society to prepare itself and the citizenry to demand power sharing in a truly participatory democracy,

“As is evident enough, the negligence of the importance of voter education has been responsible for violence, a bulk of void votes, and apathy during past elections. It is unfortunate that Nigeria operates fire brigade approach in some of our undertakings, especially as regards to voter education.

“As it were, political education is a prerequisite for enhanced political skills, knowledge and participation in democracy.

“Electoral violence and other factors such as cultural practices, family background, institutional and low level of political knowledge, no doubt, militate against political participation.

“The citizens for want of security, consequent upon electoral violence, develop aparthy toward political participation. Therefore, to maximize the benefits of political education programmes and ensure sustainable democracy in Nigeria, the government and other political education agencies should develop a pragmatic political education framework.”

He, however, advised that the responsibility of educating potential voters should not be left to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) alone.

On his part, Yishawu said: “The purpose of the parley is not just bonding between legislature and executive, it is more about sharing ideas on how to better the lots of the people.

“Most of the policies and direction in Lagos today are being propelled from this kind of interaction. So it (parley) is very important to governance and I’m happy it has been sustained.”

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