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Voter Register: FCT records low turnout for verification

Display of voter register which began nationwide on Monday recorded low turnout of registered voters expected to verify their details in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had recently announced that the register would be displayed from July 24 to July 28 for registered voters to check details of their data.

It stated that the exercise was for persons registered in the first quarter of ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which began on April 27.

Newsmen report that at the centres in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in Karu, only few persons were spotted checking the register as at 10.45 a.m.

The INEC officials in charge of the assignment were on hand to assist the voters in checking their data supplied during registration.

However, some of the registrants who spoke with the newsmen commended INEC for the display of the register, saying that it had afforded them the opportunity to view their details for correction.

Mrs Mary Uba said that she was glad to see her details because her name was wrongly spelt.

“I am happy the register was displayed because I was able to note the wrong spelling of my name; my own Uba does not carry `h’ but they added `h’ to it.’’

Mr Sunday Adebola said that the idea of displaying the register was a welcome development as it would help to correct any mistake in the bio-data of newly-registered voters.

Adebola also said that the display would help to avoid waste of resources used in the production of permanent voter card that would become invalid due to incorrect information.

Mrs Ndidi Okafor, Head, Voter Education and Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison of INEC in the FCT, urged the registered voters to come out and check their biometric details.

She explained that the exercise was necessary because it would ensure that final information on each voter’s Permanent Voter Card (PVC) was correct.

According to Okafor, the display of the register will give the registrants the opportunity to check the authenticity of their captured details, including spelling of names and ages.

She advised the registered voters to take advantage of the exercise, especially with the limited time allotted for it.


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