Elections: INEC to display Voters’ Register in Kogi State

Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja.

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As preparations towards Nigeria’s general elections gain momentum, the Kogi State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the display of supplementary voters’ register in all the wards and Local Government Areas will take place in a few days, preparatory to the scheduled elections next year.

The Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, announced this at a Media Briefing in Lokoja, the State capital, North-Central Nigeria.

Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner.
According to Dr. Longpet, the exercise will take place simultaneously nationwide.
He reassured the election stakeholders in the state that the Electoral Commission had since commenced stakeholders’ engagements to ensure a smooth electoral process as a display of the voter register is a critical foundation for a credible election.

“This is to enable Nigerians who had registered to go and verify their names and actual polling units that they will be voting at all the elections in 2023.

“When people go to search for their names where they voted last time, they will be directed to the right place by the revision officers or assistant revision officers accordingly,” he said.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner sought the cooperation and assistance of the media through collaborative engagements for wider publicity of the activities of the electoral Commission in the state.

“In our efforts to sanitize the process of voting, INEC had to decongest some polling units and have converted some polling units into new polling units so as to decongest previously congested polling units.

“However, citizens of Kogi state have not responded positively to INEC’s call for people to go and collect their PVCs,” said the Resident Commissioner.

Dr. Longpet noted that INEC will ensure strict adherence to the timeline provided by the Electoral Act 2022, adding that the Commission’s efforts need to be complemented by the Nigerian public, and in particular residents of Kogi state.

He appealed for the cooperation of the media in the state to assist the Electoral Commission achieve the tasks ahead of INEC.

“The Media as watch-dog of the society has a critical role to play in ensuring that INEC delivers on its commitments and determination to ensure that the votes of the ordinary Nigerians determine the winners of the 2023 General Elections as INEC has heard the cry of the people, and over the years, has worked tirelessly to reform the electoral process and introduce innovations which, by the recent elections, have improved the electoral process in Nigeria.

“The media is expected to serve as mediators in the electoral process and, as such, cannot afford not to be involved and play those roles the media play all over the world in shaping the political landscapes of various countries,” said Dr. Longpet.

Longpet, said only twenty-eight per cent of the permanent voters’ cards out of nearly two million registered voters in the state have so far received their PVCs while others are not coming forward to collect their PVCs. This, he noted, has given a cause for the INEC to be worried over the low rate of PVC collection in the state.

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