Slow Start To Voter's Register Display Exercise
It was a disappointing start, as the Independent National Elecoral Commission (INEC) commenced the display of the voter’s register for the 2019 general elections.
The exercise, which kicked off on Tuesday in all the states of the federation, only recorded a handful of residents turning up to check their registration details.
During the exercise, newly registered voters are expected to check on their particulars such as names, dates of birth and polling stations and report any mistakes for corrections.
They are also expected to identify names of the dead, minors and non-residents for deletion from the register.
Our correspondent who went round Lagos to monitor the exercise observed that only a handful of people turned up for the exercise in the first day.
In most of the polling units visited, only few people were seen verifying their details as recorded by the electoral body.
A visit to the INEC’s local government office in Mushin revealed that only 10 people have so far complained of irregularities in their details.
The situation was the same in Ikeja and Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Areas.
INEC officials at the local government areas spent the better part of the day waiting for voters to trickle in.
“We pasted the list in all the polling centre as early as 8:00 a.m., but being the first day, the turnout was rather disappointing,” Tunde Michael, an INEC staff in Ikeja LGA said.
He said they hoped the number would increase in the days to come.
“Our officers are already on the ground save for the low turnout that we are experiencing.
"We hope all the registered voters will turn up to check on their details by the close of the exercise on November 12," Micheal said.
Spokesperson for the commission in Lagos, Femi Akinbiyi told our correspondent that it was still early to judge the turnout.
He said most of the affected people would probably start to check their details in the register as from Wednesday.
He advised Lagiosians to verify their details to avoid unnecessary challenges when they cast their ballots during the 2019 general elections.
“The process is aimed at ensuring that complaints arising from lack of names in the register during the General Election do not arise,” Akinbiyi said.
Registered voters have until November 12 to verify their details.
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