70, 000 registered as fresh voters in Kwara


Stephen Oladele

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara state has said that about 70,000 eligible voters have been registered in the continuous registration registered in April last year.

The Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state  Paul Atser who disclosed this during a meeting with IPAC  members in the state said that PVC of the registered voters were on the way to the state.

Atser said that the exercise was going on peacefully in the state explaining that the state office of the INEC had not witnessed any ugly incidence on the exercise.

The Administrative Secretary who assured that the newly printed PVC for registrants who registered since 2017 would soon be ready for collection however restated that only about 4,000 PVCs of those who previously registered were collected out of the 242,000 unclaimed cards.

Mr. Atser, who appreciated peaceful and serene political environment existing in Kwara state, noted that the political parties had been conducting their activities in peaceful manner devoid of any major rancor as witnessed in several other states and appealed that such should be sustained.

He said that the meeting was called to intimate political parties  with the developments that had taken place since their last meeting was held.

Mr. Atser urged IPAC members to feel free to come to the Commission’s Office on any issue that is not clear to them as his Office doors were widely opened.

Also speaking, chairman of IPAC in Kwara State, Abdul-Mumeen Onagun who is also the Labour Party Chairman, commended openness of the state office of INEC in handling all issues relating to political parties and creating level playground all the time.

He said that despite INEC efforts on the increased numbers of the registration centres, the centres were still grossly inadequate and still very far to the registrants and therefore called on INEC to give more centres to ensure no one was disenfranchised.

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