By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA – Action Congress candidate for the 2010 governorship election in Anambra state, Dr Nwabueze Ngige weekend, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to extend the time for the on going voters registration exercise to enable all eligible voter in the state register.
Ngige, who spoke at the official opening of the party office in Nnewi said, the September 28 date as the closing shown in the election time table recently released by the commission was too short for all eligible voters in the state to register or update their voters cards.
Ngige further said the pathetic aspect of the exercise was that INEC officials were not enoughÂ in some areas while they were not seen at all in some other places.
â€œI have my own complaint because I have not been registered. I was out of the country in 2006 when the registration was done and this time around I want to be registered and it is not my duty to go chasing them about to get registeredâ€.
He said that â€œthere is nothing happening in my area. I do not want to say that because it applies to Ngige, so it is a general phenomenon. But there are general complaints from the local government areas and I appeal to the state government to rise up to its responsibilityâ€.
â€œAnybody who doesnâ€™t register or who does not revalidate his last voters card is like a disenfranchised person and if you disenfranchise somebody from day one, that is the first step in riggingâ€, he said.