CSOs Storm INEC Headquarters, Protest Over Voter’s Card Registration Deadline

CSOs Storm INEC Headquarters, Protest Over Voter’s Card Registration Deadline

By Abdul Lateef Bamgbose

A group of Civil Society organization, Coalition of Civil Society For Good Governance has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to extend the continuous voter’s registration exercise scheduled to end by July 31, 2022.

The group urged INEC to extend by one Month as millions of Nigeria will be disenfranchised.

They made the appeal on Friday, when the Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance led other civil societies to the INEC headquarters, in Abuja in continuation of its protest against the July deadline and sensitization exercise.

In the letter to the Executive Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission ( INEC) , jointly signed by the conveners, Prof Theophilus Ndubuaku and Prince Roland Dandy of the Drug Free and Anti- Corruption initiative, ( DHD) the Coalition stated that” the protest is coming on the heel of the report from the six geopolitical zones, that large segments of the population have not been able to register, even after queuing up at the various registration centres without hope of being registered , and this has been due to scarcity of personnel and materials”.

According to Ndubuaku, “If this deadline is not extended, millions of Nigerians will be disenfranchised and since this problem may enhance the narrative of marginalization, which cannot augur well for democracy in Nigeria.“

During the anticipated extension of the deadline for voters registration, INEC will have the opportunity of addressing the lapses which have been experienced” the letter stated.

Addressing journalists, Dandy collaborated the convener’s saying that “By law, INEC enjoys the liberty of official closure of 90 days to the elections, so extending it by at least one month will enable good citizens of Nigeria to register”.