Group of good governance advocates under the aegis of “Our Mumu Don Do” movement led by ace musician, Charles Oputa popularly identified as Charly Boy, on Tuesday, stormed the office of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to engage with him over what it described as ‘observable lacuna’ in the Nigeria’s electoral laws.
According to Charly Boy, the group considers it worrisome that the country has repeatedly failed to convince millions of Nigerians, through relevant reforms, to trust the electoral process which results in the steady decline in voters’ turn-out since 2003 general elections.
He also lamented the poor funding of the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the National Assembly in last year’s appropriation which, it said, impedes the success of the on-going Continuous Voters’ Registration, CVR, exercise.
Opute expressed the readiness of the group to strategically engage with the leadership of the National Assembly on the kinds of reforms that will help remedy the deficiencies plaguing Nigeria’s electoral process.
He further warned that if necessary actions are not taken to address the issues, it will be difficult to eradicate voter-apathy and disenfranchisement, and even more difficult to sustain our democracy.
He said: “We wish to acknowledge the commitment of the National Assembly, especially the senate in carrying out some far-reaching reforms and amendments of the Electoral Act, even though it could still be better.
“We are also not unmindful of the fact that we cannot have a perfect document yet; as ours is still a growing democracy but hopefully, we will continue to learn from our mistakes, and cover necessary gaps.
“in furtherance of our engagement with all stakeholders in the electoral process, we have decided to meet with you following some observable lacuna in the on-going registration of new voters. a development which has been attributed to poor funding and other issues. It may interest you to know that ‘Children of Democracy’ born after May 29, 1999, will be eligible to vote for the first time in 2019, and we must ensure that they are given a pride of place in our nation.”
The members of the group were received at the National Assembly by, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who promised to convey their message to his principal.