Ekiti Speaker, Oluwawole, Calls for Extension of Voter Registration

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The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Right Honourable (Pastor) Kola Oluwawole, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the period of registration of voters in the state.
He made the call in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, on Monday, citing the enthusiasm of the electorate to get the card and the perceived sluggishness of INEC staff as his reasons.
Oluwawole noted that a situation where only one data capturing machine was deployed for an entire ward comprising 10 polling units did not show enough seriousness on the part of the commission.
He also reasoned that stopping the exercise now would amount to disenfranchising Nigerians who would have reached the age of 18 in the next one or two months in both the forthcoming governorship election and the 2019 presidential election, wondering why the exercise is not continuous.
According to the Speaker, “the turn out of the electorate for the exercise has been very impressive, particularly since the state governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has instructed that all ought to get the cards once they are of age.
“But it is disheartening that many people spend entire day at registration centers without getting registered. A situation where only one data capturing machine is deployed for a whole ward with 10 polling units is unacceptable
“Where is the money earmarked for INEC to conduct the exercise? Why can’t INEC deploy as much staff as could attention to at least 10 persons at a time, if it’s truly serious about registering the people?
“These are questions we must ask. Some of the people coming out now were frustrated when the registration started, and so, it behooves us to give them a better opportunity to get registered.

“I believe the Federal Government should extend the registration period, in fairness to our people.”
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