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Voter verification: INEC says no extension of deadline

Kaduna – Barely 24 hours to the end of the ongoing nationwide voter verification, INEC has said it will not extend the period for the exercise.

The spokesman of INEC in Kaduna, Alhaji Lawal Haruna disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.

The electoral umpire had scheduled Feb. 14 to Feb. 18 for the display of the voter register across the country.

However, the exercise suffered a setback at the onset because of late arrival of INEC personnel with the registers, inadequate public awareness and the apathy of some voters.

Reacting to the development, Haruna said that the display was designed to last for five days to enable all registered voters to verify their data with a view to correcting mistakes.

“We (INEC) barely have one and half days to end the exercise according to the Electoral Act and there will be no compensation for time lost.

“We advise all those who registered to use the remaining hours to ensure that the errors recorded against their names during registration are corrected,” he urged.

On voters whose names appeared more than once in the register, the spokesman said, “this is one of the reasons for the display of the registers.”

He said that all the registers had been deployed to the various registration units for confirmation by the eligible voters.

Haruna said objections should be raised ahead of the April general elections to ensure a smooth exercise.

He praised all those who were able to register for their understanding and patience during the registration and appealed to them to demonstrate such character at all times.

Meanwhile, registered voters in parts of Kaduna were seen trooping to their respective registration units to authenticate their particulars.

NAN observed queues of voters in some centres at Unguwar Sarki, Kabala, Malali, Tudun Wada, Rigasa, Sabo Tasha and Kakuri in Kaduna North, Kaduna South and Igabi local government areas.

“I am happy my name and particulars appeared correctly,” Malam Mohammed Isah, a resident of Unguwar Sarki, said at a centre along Katuru Road.

Mr Olese Agaba, a registration officer, said that voters started appearing for the verification late Tuesday.

He said that the exercise was progressing steadily and expressed optimism that it would end according to the schedule based on the voters’ turn out.

Ms Bodunde Oluwasakin, also told NAN at Kabala that residents were anxious about the exercise so that they would not be disenfranchised.

NAN recalls that about 3.5 million voters were registered in Kaduna state during the Jan. 26 to Feb. 7, exercise.
(NAN)

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