BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday presented a voters register containing 1, 654,205 persons that will participate in the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State.
Its Director of Voters Registry, Mr. Emmanuel Akem presented the particulars while giving out the soft copies of the voters registers to the 13 political parties that will take part in the election.
Akem said, in Akure, that the agency is acting in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which stipulates that lists of registered voters be published, 30 days before election.
He explained that 1, 646, 666 persons were registered for the April 2011 election.
According to him; 7, 539 voters are those who were registered but could not vote last year because of certain technical hitches and those who transferred their voter’s cards.
Akem added that the figure had been added into the new voters register.
While analysing details of the information contained in the register, he said female voters constituted 50.20 per cent while 49.80 per cent of the voters are male.
“About 65 per cent of the voters are below 35 years made up mainly of students,” a situation he said was similar to that of Edo State.
Akem added that civil servants, artisans, and traders also constitute the bulk of the voters.
He appealed to the political parties to approach the state office of INEC if they have claims and objections.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, on the occasion presented forms of those who will serve as agents to representatives of the various political parties on the occasion.
Orebiyi said that an addendum was added to the list during last year’s verification exercise to accommodate those whose particulars got missing during the initial registration that was carried out in 2009.
The REC added that “Leadership of the political parties are expected to scrutinise the register and raise objection in case any fault is discovered.”
Meanwhile, the Police authorities in the state has expressed worries over what it called politicising criminalities by the political parties in the state.
This is coming following spate of violence across the state which is heating up the political atmosphere.
The Commissioner of Police in the state Danladi Mshelbwala in a statement warned that he will not compromise the subsisting peace in the state.