The Democratic People’s Congress urges eligible Nigerians to take advantage of the on-going Independent National Electoral Commission’s voter registration to register and obtain voter cards for elections.
Those eligible to register are Nigerian citizens who have attained
the voting age of 18years and those who did not register in previous
registration exercise. It is a crime to register twice.
It is manifest that sovereignty resides in the people which they
exercise through their ballots in elections. Your vote is therefore
your power to elect credible candidates that will provide good
governance and social justice that will usher better life to our
All eligible Nigerians are urged to go to the nearest INEC
registration centers in their Local Government Areas and perform this
crucial civic responsibility that will further deepen our democratic
DPC reiterates its stand on one man, one vote. Each vote must be
counted and count in the overall result in every election.
The era of electoral malpractices, rigging and brigandage is gone
with the electoral and constitutional amendments that have endorsed
the use of electronic voting system in future elections. DPC urges
the Senate and House of Representatives to jointly pass various
electoral amendments to enable INEC to prepare adequately for the
2019 general elections. It is time to sanitize the nation’s
political process and build a strong, virile, progressive and
prosperous democratic nation.
DPC strongly opposed the inclusion of independent candidates in
elections. It is obvious that the nation’s democratic structure
cannot sustain it. It is disturbing that INEC is yet to conclude some
2015 Federal and State Legislative elections in Rivers and Anambra
States, two years and three months after the polls were conducted due
to insecurity and litigation. If Independent Candidates are included
in elections, there could be over 1000 candidates in a ballot sheet
that will confuse most voters and make mockery of our frail
democracy. The party urges the leadership of the National Assembly to
reconsider and review its position on independent candidates.
DPC also rejects the call for Diaspora voting at a time majority
of voters could not cast their ballots in elections due to shortage
of electoral materials, poor logistics in conveying the materials to
polling booths, malfunctioning of electoral equipment and violence.
Nigerians live in over 140 countries around world, it is impossible
to get accurate population of our compatriots in the Diaspora not to
mention registering them for elections.
Those calling for Diaspora voting have in mind Nigerians living in
Britain and America and do put into consideration Nigerians living in
smaller nations and islands across the globe. It is a mission the
nation cannot implement now as it will cost billions of dollars to
actualize under economic recession. Stakeholders should focus on
free, fair, credible, peaceful, transparent and successful
violence-free elections with 60% turnout from the current 15-20
percent voters’ participation.
DPC commends INEC for the registration of five new political parties.
It is a step in the right direction which showed that the Commission
did proper screening of the 87 political associations that applied to
be registered as political parties and registered the best qualified
ones. The political system should be sanitized and given direction as
it would have be clumsy and awkward to registered more political
associations that would not add value to our electoral process.