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Ekiti PDP rejects use of ID card, others for voting

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move by Ekiti State government that people without voter’s cards could cast their votes in the December 7, 2019 local council election in the state using other means of identification.

The PDP, while rejecting the move yesterday, said that it contravened relevant sections of the constitution and the Electoral Act.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Chief Muyiwa Olumilua, was on Wednesday quoted as saying that residents without voter’s cards would be allowed to vote during the exercise so long as they possess either the National Identity Card or Driver’s Licence.

Olumilua, who doubles as the chairman of the election sensitisation committee set up by the state government to sensitise the residents of the state, spoke while rounding off the committee’s visit to the 16 local councils in Ado-Ekiti.

According to him, affected people must however be those who had earlier registered as voters with INEC, but lost their voter’s cards due to one circumstance or the other.

He, however, said that for those category of people to be allowed to vote, their names must first appear on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) register to be displayed at every polling centre.

He added that it would also be at the discretion of electoral officers manning the poll to either allow them to vote or not.

But reacting, the PDP, through its state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, said any strange guideline or law made by the state government through the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) that runs contrary to the Constitution and the Electoral Act would be resisted by the party.

The party, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, said government and its agents at the EKSIEC had resulted to self-help, knowing that the election would not be business as usual.

He maintained that such strange laws, being canvassed by the state government, were not in tandem with the regular laws in the country, advising government to rescind its decision to avoid anarchy.

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