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INEC Rejects Extension of Voters’ Registration, Says Its Logistically Impossible

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As the voters’ registration exercise ended yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled out the possibility of further extending the exercise.

Though the commission said it noted with concern the agitation in some quarters for an extension of the second phase of the Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR), which ended on  August 25.
It however said a new process of registration of voters would soon commence at the local government level across the country.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, the commission said: “Much as the commission is eager to ensure that all legitimate persons who are yet to register as voters have the opportunity to do so, it is logistically impossible to extend this phase of the CVR beyond its scheduled deadline (i.e., Monday, August 25, 2014).

“This phase of the exercise, which commenced on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, involved the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 11 states namely; Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo Delta and Cross River.

“But in order to give fair chance to legitimate registrants, the commission will, on a date to be shortly announced, set up registration points at its local government area offices where people yet to do so can go to register.”

The statement stated that “INEC notes with deep regret that old tendencies towards irregularity, such as partisans urging people to come out and domultiple registrations, largely accounted for the crowd clusters lingering at registration points set up for the CVR by the commission.”

According to INEC, “Many other people who have relocated since the last registration exercise and only needed to apply for their registration status to be transferred to their new location also turned up for fresh registration.
“When data are consolidated and de-duplication is carried out by INEC, all instances of multiple registrations will yet be eliminated. But, unfortunately, these sets of people obstructed legitimate registrants from having their turn at the registration points.

“The commission strongly appeals that anyone who has previously registered and already has his/her records in the biometric register of voters should avoid re-presenting himself/herself at any other place for registration:
“If a previously registered person has relocated from where he/she registered, he/she should simply apply for transfer of the registration data to the new location, as provided for by the electoral law.

“If anyone found his/her name on the register displayed ahead of the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), but was unable to collect his / her PVC during the distribution period, such a person should go to respective LGA office of INEC where the card will be awaiting collection by now,” the statement explained.

The commission urged all stakeholders in the electoral process to commit themselves to playing at all times by the rules in the collective quest to enthrone free, fair and credible elections.

Meanwhile, INEC’s Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, yesterday applauded the nation’s security agencies for their role in the successful conduct of the Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections.

Jega gave the charge when he hosted 23 participants of the National Security Training Seminar who were on a study tour of the commission at its Headquarters in Abuja.

The INEC chairman who spoke through a national commissioner, Dr. Ishmael Igbani, noted that the security agencies deployed to the two states contributed to a large extent for the free, fair and credible governorship elections saying, the people came out in the two states in large numbers to discharge their civic responsibilities unmolested.

He noted that the high turn out of voters was largely due to the presence of security personnel.
He also educated the participants on the functions, structure and working mechanisms of the commission, stating that the era of rigging of elections and snatching of ballot boxes was over with the strict measures put in place by the commission.

In a response, the leader of the team, Mrs. Chinyelum Usman, from the Office of Chief of Defence Intelligence, told the commission that the participants were in the commission to expose themselves to the working mechanism of the commission and its impact on national security.

She went further to inform the commission members that participants of the National Security Training Seminar were drawn from various strategic government agencies which included the military, Department of State Security (DSS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the media, among others.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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