By CHIOMA OBINNA & YINKA LATONA
LAGOS—THE Centre for Constitutional Governance, CCG, founded by late activist, Dr. Beko Ransome_Kuti has urged Nigerians not to develop apathy for the on_going INEC voters’ registration exercise in view of the lapses and hiccups associated with the use of the Direct Data Capturing (DDC) machine in the registration exercise.
The Executive Director of CCG, Dr. Adewale Balogun, made the call in a press statement made available to Vanguard in Lagos yesterday, on its prelimary assessment of the electorates’ responsiveness to the voter registration exercise as part of the organisation’s election intervention project aimed at ensuring mass mobilizing the electorate to participate in the 2011 general elections.
According to Balogun, Nigerians should not use the initial lapses experienced at the commencement of the exercise as an excuse not to register in order not to give room for dubious and corrupt minded political actors to capitalized on their non participation to scheme plans on how to rig the elections.
His words, “Voters registration exercise is a key and crucial component of ensuring credible, free and fair elections and it is unfortunate that this crucial component experienced initial hiccups in the use of the DDC machines to register eligible voters. What we have is a technology related challenge in the use of the machines for data capturing and that challenge is gradually being fixed and overcomed”.
“What we consider crucial at this time is not the hitches, but the tendencies associated with these hitches which dubious politicians may latch into to manipulate the process to rig the elections, when the electorates refuse to participate. This is why the electorates need to persevere and not give in to the challenges so we can achieve the desire of a credible, free and fair elections”, Balogun Stated.
CCG therefore implored the electorates to exercise patience to undergo the procedures, methodologies and challenges associated with the registration exercise and ensure they register their names in order to be able to vote on the election days as mass participation of the citizens in the elections is an antidote to rigging and election manipulation.