RESIDENTS of Ibandan,
Oyo State, have called on the
Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to create
additional Continuous Voters
Registration (CVR) centres in
every ward in the country to
enable more eligible voters to
register and vote in the future
elections.
They made the call on
Thursday while speaking with
the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Ibadan on their
assessment of the exercise.
The residents noted that that
many eligible voters were yet
to register in the exercise due to
long distance from their places
of abode to CVR centres.
Mr Michael Owoyeni, who
resides at Alaakia area in
Ibadan, said many residents in
his area, especially youths who
had reached voting age were
yet to register.
He attributed the
development to nonavailability
of CVR centre in
the area.
“Many of the youth find it
difficult to afford transport
fare that will take them to
INEC office in Egbeda Local
Government where the exercise
is ongoing.
“But it will be convenient
if CVR centre is created in
this ward and other wards to
make the exercise nearer to the
people,’’ Owoyeni stated.
Mrs Cecilia Adekola of Iyere-
Olode area said she intended
to apply for transfer of her
Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC),
from her former location to
Ibadan but could not do it due
to long distance.
She implored INEC to create
additional centres in the wards
so that more eligible voters
would be able to register
instead of limiting the centres
to council secretariats.
Rev Jacob Popoola of
Agbowo area, Ibadan North
Local Government, said some
of his church members always
inquire from him about the
CVR.
“I do tell them to visit INEC
offices in their respective places
of abode, but they do complain
of long distance.
‘’It is only the few that reside
near the centres that have
registered while many have
not.
“I will advise everybody that
is yet to register for voter’s card
to do so and stop using the long
distance as excuse but take it as
a sacrifice for the nation.
“The card is our voting
power and we cannot clamour
for good governance when
we fail to register as voters
and participate in elections,’’
Popoola urged.
NAN reports that INEC
had in July created eight
additional CVR centres across
the state in its bid to make the
exercise convenient for eligible
Nigerians to get registered for
the voter’s card.
Mr Surajudeen Junaid,
the acting Administrative
Secretary of INEC in the
state, said the commission
took the decision after critical
assessment of the exercise and
also in response to the genuine
request from prospective
voters.
NAN gathered that 62, 618
new voters were registered in
the first phase of the exercise
between on April 27 and
July 20, across the 33 Local
Government Areas of the state.


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