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2023 Elections: INEC lacks capacity to register eligible voters, group alleges
 
By: News Editor
Sat, 4 Jun 2022   ||   Nigeria,
 

A group has noted that with the current op­erational procedure of the Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC) and reports gath­ered around the country, it has shown that the commission lacks the required capacity to register millions of Nigerians, especially the youths for the 2023 general elections.

The group, Coalition for Pe­ter Obi (CPO), made up of 17 support groups for the Labour Party’s presidential candidate has therefore warned INEC against disenfranchising millions of Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections, saying there have been com­plaints that Nigerians spend hours waiting to be captured.

“CPO estimates that one INEC machine can only register one person in 10 minutes, an av­erage of 900 persons per month.

“Therefore, a Local Gov­ernment Area with 2 INEC machines can only register 1, 800 persons per month if operating at 100% capacity, but with the present capacity, INEC needs four years of con­tinuous voters’ registration ex­ercise to capture the millions of eligible Nigerians.

“INEC is hereby advised to expand its logistics operations, establish mobile registration centres, strategically move registration centres to highly populated areas like markets, partner with market leaders to encourage PVC collection, send text messages to voters on their PVC collections, allow people to book online for PVC collections and consider se­nior citizens in their 80s or 90s that have mobility challenges.

“INEC should start now to consider their stakeholders and implement strategies that will provide better customer value, unless they intend to disenfranchise millions of Nigerians who are eager to exercise their civic rights in the general elections.

“The Electoral body should do everything possible to cater for thousands that are current­ly stranded trying to register in the various locations or in the alternative, expand its lo­gistics and extend the deadline by six months.

“Nigerians must be given the opportunity to freely ex­press their civic rights at this critical time of our nation’s history.

CPO also called on the Electoral body to extend the deadline for collection of Per­manent Voters Card (PVC).

The 17 groups have em­barked on massive voter edu­cation campaign, supporting citizens to register and collect their PVC, online and at vari­ous INEC offices.

The Coalition currently has six Zonal Coordinators for each Zone of the federation, 17 State Coordinators represent­ing each group in the 36 states including the FCT, 17 LGA coordinators across the 774 LGAs and 17 ward coordina­tors in each INEC ward nation­wide and intends deploying this structure to support the candidacy of Peter Obi in the coming elections.

The Coalition, in a state­ment signed by its Chairman, Mr Marcel Ngogbehei, encour­aged its members to embark on voter education, providing clear information on PVC reg­istration and supporting the logistics to distribute millions of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) that are currently in INEC custody.

The Chairman listed the various groups involved in the Voters Sensitisation Exercise and asks the general public to volunteer or support with money and logistics, adding that this is a collective task.

Mr Ngogbehei lamented the lackadaisical attitude of some INEC staff in various states, but also praised the dedication of staff in many locations, and further stated.

 

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