INEC chairman observes voters’ registration in Kaduna North LG center, admits challenges
National chairman of INEC, Professor Mohammed Yakubu, has expressed dissatisfaction over the poor, horrible and pitiable state of the Kaduna North local government INEC office.
The chairman, who was in Kaduna on a private visit, disclosed this during inspection of the office in Kaduna North.
Prof. Yakubu, who was visibly shaking his head during inspection of the offices – indicating a dis-satisfactory expression with the poor environment, littered with collapse ceiling boards and refuse dumps of INEC materials – however, said that the commission is aware of the challenges.
Speaking to journalists at the end of inspection, the chairman said “We are here to first observe the way the continuous voter registration exercise is going on in Kaduna North.
“We had a retreat here in Kaduna involving all areas’ field offices nationwide on the continuous voter registration exercise. We are aware of the challenges; some of the centers at the local government headquarters are separated by considerable distance from where citizens sleep, and we said we are going to relocate them closer to where citizens sleep later,” he said.
The INEC boss, however, appealed to citizens that all those, who registered before 2015 needed not to register anymore, stressing that only those, who have turned 18 years are the target of the exercise.
“Those, who could not register before the last election; those, who could not collect their PVC, or with those issues with their registration or PVC damaged or mutilated, are allowed to register, and their complaints attended to,” he noted. He also emphasised that no a fresh registration would be conducted, adding that, the exercise has no end.
“It’s a continuous exercise all year round, but will be done on quarterly basis; after every three months, we take the last week of the month as required by law.
“There will be a display of the voter register for claims and objections, according to the law. It will go on till 60 days to 2019 general elections. So, for the first time INEC is conducting voter registration exercise that is truly continuous. It will continue all the year round and forever,” he maintained.
But, it appears that INEC had (deliberately?) made a surprise visit to the Kaduna voter’s registration exercise, as our correspondent gathered that Kaduna North Local Government Council chairman and other council officials have claimed ignorance of the INEC Chief’s visit, saying, nobody notified them.
As an overview, some of the electorates interviewed earlier on, however, expressed delays in the registration exercise due to insufficient staff, capturing machines and other technical drawback.