THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has decried the slow pace of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
APC spokesman Alhaji Sulyman Buhari said in a statement that the preliminary report from 193 wards showed that the registration process was slow.
“With the massive turnout of would-be voters, one registration machine per polling booth is inadequate. We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to find a solution to the drawback.”
A group, Kwara Change Initiative, has enjoined INEC to overcome the challenges slowing down the CVR process.
The group’s coordinator, Mr. Kayode Oyin-Zubair, said the process could be better if the commission fixed the challenges being encountered.
Said he: “In our observation in some local governments, we realised that the challenges the INEC officials and would-be voters faced were technical problems.
In some of the wards, the Data Capturing machines could not be powered, as the battery was either not charged or faulty. This is understandable, as some of the machines were last used in 2011; when such an exercise was last conducted.
“It is also necessary for the commission to increase the number of machines used in the one centre opened in each ward. We noticed that registration centres were only opened at the ward collation centre with just one Data Capturing Machine. This is inadequate, going by the number of days available for the exercise and the large turnout of people in many of the centres.
“The commission should have taken into consideration that with about 76 polling units already cancelled in eight local governments for reasons of incomplete registration, there will be a high concentration of voters in those areas and therefore the need for the provision of more machines and officials.
“The slow pace of the exercise in most of the places, if unchecked will deny many the right to vote in the elections. The defence that the exercise is a continuous one is not in the best interest of INEC and the electorate.
“We submit that if this round of CVR achieves optimal result, the burden on the commission in preparing for the general elections in a few months will be reduced and it will have time for the poll that will hold simultaneously in 30 states.”
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