Ob­server asks INEC to ex­tend voter reg­is­tra­tion

The Punch - - NEWS - Ka­marudeen Ogun­dele, Ado Ek­iti

ONE of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion ac­cred­ited ob­servers in Ek­iti State, Kalu Vic­tor, of the African Ini­tia­tive, has urged the com­mis­sion to ex­tend the date for the Con­tin­u­ous Voter Reg­is­tra­tion to cap­ture more elec­torate.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the huge turnout of elec­torate at ward level is a strong rea­son for

INEC to ex­tend the ex­er­cise by a min­i­mum of two days.

He said this dur­ing a mon­i­tor­ing of the reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres on Mon­day.

Vic­tor said, “I am sur­prised at the huge turnout at the ward level. We ex­pe­ri­enced a low turnout the lo­cal gov­ern­ment level but this is closer to them and I think that is why the turnout has been very im­pres­sive.

“Since it com­menced at the ward level on April

11, and to this day, we are amazed at the huge turnout.

“This is why we are ex­pect­ing that it would be very help­ful if the ex­er­cise is ex­tended for at least two days by INEC and more per­son­nel should be added to those in each cen­tre. All the places we have been to; the peo­ple yearn for ex­ten­sion of the reg­is­tra­tion.”

Mean­while, Ek­iti State Gover­nor, Ay­o­dele Fayose, has said prospec­tive vot­ers

who could not be reg­is­tered dur­ing the just-con­cluded vot­ers reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise at ward level would be con­veyed to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fices of the INEC to do so by the state gov­ern­ment

He stated this in Ado-ek­iti on Mon­day while mon­i­tor­ing the six-day con­tin­u­ous voter reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise at ward level that ended on Mon­day.

Fayose also or­dered that a gen­er­a­tor be pur­chased to help pro­vide power.

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