Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to establish more voters’ registration points in the state to avoid depriving its citizens from exercising their civic rights.
Governor Bello, who made the call when he visited to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) at the state INEC secretariat, said more centres would boost huge turnout for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise in the state.
He said the request for more registration points was necessary because of the state’s wide land mass and the inability of the commission to register all eligible persons during the last exercise.
Further, he stressed more registration units in the state would pave way for more people to exercise their fundamental right to vote: “I understand Niger state has only 33 registration points and being the largest state in the country with almost 90,000km². I feel it will be a bit stressful and too challenging because if the size of the state.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace, said the state government would be willing to assist INEC with the personnel needed to carry out the registration exercise at the expanded centres.
“We will need more hands and we don’t mind as a state government to support INEC to have more registration points in order for our people that were not captured in the past to be registered and this is because of the difficult terrain.
“Our people will have spent a lot of money on transportation to go and register and as Nigerians we think voting is one of the fundamental human rights and they should be supported so that they can exercise their voting right.
“So I will like to appeal to the Chairman of INEC to reconsider our situation in Niger state and see how they can give us more registration points.”