Reporter : NDU NWANNA
CVR: Stakeholders want INEC to embark on grassroots sensitization
Some stakeholders in Anambra State, have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to embark on extensive grassroots sensitization to ensure the success of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration.
The citizens who spoke with Radio Nigeria in Awka, also decried the numerous challenges associated with previous registrations.
The Continuous Voter Registration commenced on Monday across the nation with its online version.
Registrants are expected to open the INEC portal, fill the forms, upload their pictures and required documents, before booking appointments for the physical capture of their fingerprints at INEC’s State and Local Government offices.
The physical capture of registrants will start on the 19th of July in INEC offices, while the Commission have not fixed dates for the exercise at the 2,673 Registration Centres across the nation.
The Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu has assured that the commission acquired all the equipment for the exercise, updated its registration softwares and replaced Direct Data Capture Machines, DDCM with the INEC Voter Enrolment Device, IVED.
All these are aimed at overcoming the challenges of machine malfunctioning, data and network failure, poor battery and delays in producing Permanent Voter’s Cards.
A Public Affairs, Analyst, Comrade Okechukwu Onyeama, applauds the introduction of online registration by INEC in this era of technology driven activities.
Comrade Onyeama, however, explaines that poor preparations and use of obsolete equipment, may affect the programme.
Contributing, a Philosopher and Community Leader, Chief Uzochukwu Uyanne, expresses unhappiness about the poor sensitization of the people to the exercise.
Chief Uyanne, further laments that he is yet to collect his Permanent Voter’s Card, having registered many years ago.
The respondents, urge INEC to put measures in place to ensure effective continuous registration of eligible voters to avoid the hiccups associated with overcrowding and system malfunctioning.