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AN independent election observer group, Yiaga Africa, has said public disconnect with government and not insecurity, was responsible for the voter apathy which characterised the November 6, Anambra State  governorship election.

A board member of the group, Ezenwa Nwagwu, said this during a postmortem of the poll at a meeting with leaders of civil society organizations in the state, on Tuesday.

Nwangwu said, “The ugly trend was not necessarily occasioned by insecurity that had always heralded elections in the past, but the  growing disconnect between the government and the masses.

“Election is over, now we have to watch governance and the only way to do that is to clearly design pathways through which we can hold the government accountable.

“One of the ways is for the citizens to engage the government with the budget process. Government every year estimates what it uses the people’s resources to do for them.

“Unfortunately, the people involved don’t show any interest, and four years later, the same people will start complaining that the government has failed, even when there was nothing to track.

“We need to see how the media and civil society groups can collaborate and produce what I call  citizen charter demands that they can hand over to the new governor-elect.

“They can liaise with other professional bodies to conduct infrastructural assessment in the state and use that as a document to organize a town hall meeting to engage government officials.”

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