The House of Representatives has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to establish a voter registration center in all federal constituencies in Nigeria.
There are 360 federal constituencies in the country.
The House also urged INEC to extend the voter registration period due to low turnout, saying no polling center should be closed regardless of low or no voter numbers.
Additionally, the House urged the commission to immediately deploy enumerators to conduct registration in all federal precincts across the country to ensure that eligible voters who do not have internet access to do so online can be captured. .
Lawmakers have also mandated INEC to submit to its Electoral Matters Committee on a monthly basis the figures captured so far as well as to ensure that polling centers have adequate security.
These were the resolutions that followed the unanimous adoption of a motion put forward by Abubakar Yalleman, titled “Call on the Independent National Electoral Commission to urgently deploy physical enumerators and other aids to conduct registration new voters in all federal ridings”.
Moving the motion, Yalleman said, “The House is concerned that the Federal Constituency of Mallam Madori/Kaugama and many other Federal Constituencies have been placed at a disadvantage due to the unavailability of registration centers and officials, inadequate power supply, insufficient operational tools and equipment. and an inadequate enlightenment program, with low effects within constituencies.
“The House is concerned that if the voter registration exercise ends without addressing the above challenges, thousands of potential voters in Nigeria will be disenfranchised in the upcoming elections.
“The Chamber is concerned that given the current realities in the constituency, INEC will have to engage in both physical and virtual processes by introducing physical enumerators to compensate for the shortcomings of the online registration exercise.”
In his submission, Yusuf Gagdi (APC, Plateau) lamented that most of his constituents do not have access to telephones or the Internet.
Further, Aniekan Umanah (PDP, Akwa Ibom) said, “Today, in most constituencies and units, INEC lacks materials to conduct registration. Sometimes you come to a local government area and they only have one or two laptops. People wait every day and nothing happens.
In his contribution, Ben Igbakpa (PDP, Delta) advised INEC to decentralize the registration system so that every eligible voter in all parts of the country can be registered.
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