Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ajimobi worries over voters’ registration

GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has expressed concern over the anomalies and irregularities that characterised the ongoing voters’ registration exercise and the collection of permanent voter’s card in the state.

The governor, briefing the press, on Friday, after his visit to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Nasiru Ayilara, at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ibadan, said that it had been discovered that the registration machines brought by the commission for the exercise were inadequate to meet the requirements of voters.

“The purpose of this visit is to express our concern to INEC regarding the ongoing PVC collection as well as new voters’ registration exercise. We found that in many of the areas, particularly in Ibadan axis, that the machines they brought are inadequate to meet the requirements of the voters who are either collecting their PVCs or those that want to newly register,” he said.

“We have expressed this concern to INEC and we have been assured that necessary steps would be taken to correct these anomalies,” he said.

Governor Ajimobi assured the people of the state that nobody would be disenfranchised.

“With the assurances I have received from the INEC REC, I believe him and I have no doubt in my mind that all the people in the state will be registered.”

The governor also explained that the REC informed him that he had received approval that there would be a second phase whereby all the people would have the opportunity of receiving their PVCs and register accordingly.

He urged the people not to be discouraged by the various anomalies, stressing that registration of voters and collection of permanent voters’ card would be a continuous exercise.

In his reaction, Alhaji Ayilara assured that INEC had put in place necessary arrangements.

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