By Aliyu Bello (Deputy Director, Publicity)
Despite his busy schedules, the Hon. Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu today created time to visit some locations within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise is taking place.
The visit which came at a time when the Commission has been inundated with complaints in some quarters about the progress of the exercise has provided the INEC Chairman with an opportunity to get firsthand information on the conduct of the exercise so far.
However, in the centers visited, except for the seemingly large turnout of prospective registrants who were anxiously waiting to be registered, most of the complaints allegedly affecting the process appeared to have lessened if not totally solved.
At Junior Secondary School Wuse, Zone 3; Diplomatic Garden, Garki 1; and Special Centre, Pilot Gate, Presidential villa; the Chairman and his entourage met registration officers discharging their duties diligently.
In addition to the centres visited by the Chairman, the exercise is currently on-going at Apo Mechanic Village Primary School (Apo Extension); GUI Town Hall; LEA Primary School, Toge; Federal Staff Clinic III, Gwarimpa; In front of Chief’s Palace, Karimo; LEA Primary School, Gidan Mangoro, along Orozo; and Karu INEC office all in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), FCT as well as in other designated centers nation-wide.
It would be recalled that INEC had in April 2017, commenced the Nationwide CVR exercise with a view to registering persons who have not registered during the previous Voter registering exercise; as well as register those who have turned 18 years since the last registration.
Other features of the exercise include; transfer of registration details from one location to another; and replacement of lost, damaged or defaced voter card.
The Commission also warned against double or multiple registrations as these constitute serious offences punishable under the law; adding that the exercise is not a fresh voter registration, therefore persons who registered need not to register again