Why Borno record more voter turnout in 2019 by Abdulhamid Al-Gazali
Some people are surprised why the number of voters particularly in Borno increased in the 2019 election. It is one of the reasons cited by Atiku Abubakar as evidence that the electoral process was rigged.
The reason is quite basic and I am surprised that it surprises some. In 2015, people from over 15 local governments of the state out of 27 were in IDP camps in Maiduguri. Many were living in host communities while many had fled the state entirely. Some The elections took place inside camps.
Now, many left their voter’s cards in their communities while fleeing. So even though the elections were held in the camps, many couldn’t vote. Similarly, those living in host communities could get access to the camps to vote.
But the situation remarkably changed in 2019. Elections took place in 25 or 26 local governments. If careful attention has been paid, one would have seen that in places that are still a bit volatile, the number of voters were remarkably low.
INEC has also registered about 450,000 more voters in 2018. In 2015, the number of valid voters was about 500,000, which is 350,000 less than what we have in 2019. Isn’t this basic?