Improve voter registration in Edo North, INEC told
Civil society organisation, the Network of Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria (NOCSON), yesterday, urged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deploy more registration machines to Edo North Senatorial District to address insufficient human and material resources in the district.
Speaking at a press conference in Benin, the President of NOCSON, Ogbidi Emmanuel, called on the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Edo State Resident Commissioner, Dr Johnson Alalibo, to address the situation so as not to deny potential voters in the senatorial district their electoral rights.
He said: “It has come to the attention of NUCSON that Edo North Senatorial District is lagging behind in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR). This is evident from the feeders from our foot soldiers and members, signifying strongly that the ongoing INEC registration exercise in the country is not being pursued vigorously in the district.
“The statistical distribution across the six local government areas of the district reveals that the data from the district is deplorably disproportionate relative to other districts in the state. Our findings reveal that there are not enough registration centres, INEC registration machines and personnel available in the district, thereby limiting access for potential voters to register.
“This scenario portends both disenfranchisements of Edo North voters willing to vote in the 2023 general elections and undermining of their electoral rights. The leadership and members of NOCSON and other stakeholders are, by this press conference, calling on the chairman of INEC and the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Edo State to, as a matter of urgency, activate the process of registering more eligible voters,” he charged.
The group called for an increase in the number of registration centres across the six councils in the district and the deployment of enough personnel to man the machines to be deployed to various centres.