Fayose Calls For Extension Of Voters Registration Exercise

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has called for an extension of the Voters Registration Exercise in the state.

The governor after inspection of the just concluded exercise complained about the number of people yet to be registered.

He said, ”I’ve gone round to monitor this exercise and I observed that people came out in large number but unfortunately INEC did not deploy enough personnel and registering systems for this exercise.

“I plead with INEC to add more days so as not to disenfranchise all these people from voting in the July 14 governorship election”.

INEC is, however, saying it cannot extend the exercise as it has to prepare adequately for the July 114 governorship poll.

The spokesperson of INEC in the state, Mr Taiwo Gbadegesin explained that the primary aim of the exercise is to accommodate those who attained the age of eighteen after the last exercise and people who were indisposed while the previous exercise lasted.

The commission believes those who are well above the age of 18 have no excuse not to have registered, adding that multiple registrations will be discovered and discarded.

”Some have lost their cards and are going ahead to register again instead of following the procedure laid down by INEC. But I must say that there is no double or multiple registrations that will scale through” Gbadegesin said.

In its effort to enhance the franchise of eligible voters in the state INEC designated 177 registration centres across the sixteen local government areas of the state for this registration exercise.

Only one person was however assigned to each of the centres to handle the registration.

Osun Govt Calls On Citizens To Register, Collect PVC

Barely 24 hours to the end of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise in Osun state, the state government has called on every eligible voter to participate in the electoral process by registering their names with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for voter card and collect their Permanent Voter Card.

Speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa in a press statement on Sunday, the government said registration and collection of PVC is an important aspect of election that requires the participation of every eligible voters.

Baderinwa noted that the essence of public holiday declared by the government tomorrow, Monday is to allow government and non-government workers to register for voter card and for those that had registered to collect their PVC for them to be able to vote on election day.

He urged people above 18 years old not to be nonchalant on the CVR and collection of PVC, stating that tomorrow, Monday, is the last day for the voter registration exercise as declared by INEC.

For those whose PVC had been defaced or lost, Baderinwa implored them to go to the INEC registration centres in their various areas to register afresh, just as he warned against double registration, describing it as criminal.

He said: “The government calls on every eligible voter to go and register for voter card and those who had register should go and collect their PVC for them to be able to perform their civic responsibility when election comes.

“Voter Registration and collection of Permanent Voters card (PVC) are important and strategic to electoral process and have capability of strengthening democratic governance.

“Voter registration helps to facilitate the credibility of the electoral process and democratic governance and that is why the government found it imperative to create ample opportunity by declaring tomorrow, Monday, a work free day which is the last day for the eligible voters to register.”

Baderinwa added: “All residents of the state who are 18 years and above and are enjoined to go to the nearest registration centre in their areas to register their names for voter card.

“A voter that has left his or former residential area should approach INEC office in his or her new area for transfer of voter card to enable him or her vote in the new residing area.

“The Continuous Voter Registration had started on Wednesday, April 11 and will end tomorrow, Monday, April 16.

“Since the continuous voter registration (CRV) is periodic, the government of the state of Osun, therefore, considers it as imperative to dedicate a day for fresh potential voters to register for their voter card and for those that had registered to collect their PVC to enable them exercise their franchise on election day.”

CVR: Group Urges Eligible Osun Residents To Participate 

By Nofisat Marindoti

A Socio-political Organization, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF), State of  Osun chapter, has urged eligible voters in the state to participate effectively in the ongoing continuous voter registration to avoid disenfranchisement during the  September 22 Osun governorship election and the 2019 general elections.

The group gave the charge on Friday in a press statement jointly signed by its coordinator, Comrade Sikiru Tijani and Secretary, Comrade Yahaya Adeniji and made available to newsmen in Osogbo.

The group urged residents from 18 years of age, who have not obtained their PVCs to take advantage of the on-going voters’ registration exercise to register at the INEC designated centre nearest to them.

While emphasizing the need for the residents to take the advantage of the one day public holiday declared by the state government so as to earn them the ample opportunity to participate, the group hinted that the only weapon the electorate can use to selecte their preferred candidate during elections was their  voter cards.

“We want to appeal to residents of the state of Osun on the need to take the advantage of the one day work free day declared by our amiable governor to troop out to the designated INEC office nearest to them to get registered”.

“We are determined to ensure that all eligible voters in Osun, who have not registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the on-going voters’ registration exercise do so and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

“The essence of the public holiday as we all know  is to provide ample opportunity for eligible voters to participate in the exercise by registering with  INEC and as well collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for them to be able to perform their civic responsibility when election comes.

“Voter Registration and collection of permanent Voters card (PVC) are important and strategic to electoral process and has capability of strengthening democratic governance”.

“We are appealing to the people to go out and register in the remaining days, while those who have lost or defaced their cards can register afresh but should guard against registering twice as each person is only allowed to register once. ” the group added.

It would be recalled that the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola had earlier declared Monday April 16, a work free day for the formal and informal workers of the state in order to give them the  ample opportunity to participate in the registration exercise.

The Continuous Voter Registration had started on Wednesday, April 11 and will end on Monday, April 16.

CVR: Osun Declares Monday Work Free

The State Government of Osun has declared Monday April 16, a Work Free Day for the formal and informal workers of the state.

The essence of the public holiday is to provide ample opportunity for eligible voters to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise by registering with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and as well collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for them to be able to perform their civic responsibility when election comes.

Dr Obawale Samson Adebisi, Commissioner for Home Affairs made this known in a press statement personally signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday

According to Adebisi, “Voter Registration and collection of permanent Voters card (PVC) are important and strategic to electoral process and has capability of strengthening democratic governance.

“Voter registration helps to facilitate the credibility of the electoral process and democratic governance and that is why the government found it imperative to create ample opportunity by declaring Monday a work free day which is the last day for the eligible voters to register.

“Thus, government passionately urge the people to go out and register in the remaining days, while those who have lost or defaced their cards can register afresh but should guard against registering twice as each person is only allowed to register once.

“The Continuous Voter Registration had started on Wednesday, April 11 and will end on Monday, April 16.

“Since the continuous voters registration (CRV) is periodic, the government of the state of Osun, therefore, considers it as imperative to dedicate a day for fresh potential voters to register for their voter card and for those that had registered to collect their PVC to enable them exercise their franchise on election day.

“All residents of the state who are 18 years and above and are enjoined to go to the nearest registration centre in their areas to register their names for voter card.

“A voter that has left his or former residential area should approach INEC office in his or her new area for transfer of voter card to enable him her vote in the new area.

“The government urges stakeholders: political, community and religious leaders, Non Governmental Organisation, political and pressure groups to sensitise other people on the need to register for voter card and collect their PVC.

Complaints Hit INEC CVR

By Solomon Adeniyi

Several complaints have trailed the Continuous Voters’ Registration in the state of Osun since the resumption of the exercise this January, as potential voters across different registration areas grumble over the attitudes of the commission’s officials.

Some prospective voters have complained that officials often abandon their duty post when they visit the centres to register, close before the official working hours and sometimes give excuses of non-availability of power supply to run their equipment.

Among the areas where complaints are most prevalent include; Olorunda, Osogbo, Egbedore, Ife Central, Ilesa West and Ifelodun local government council areas of the state.

When OSUN DEFENDER visited the Olorunda and Osogbo INEC offices in the state capital, it was observed that no one was at the office seeking to be registered and the medium was told that the exercise has been put on hold and will resume next month.

However, the Administrative Secretary of the Commission in the state, Barrister Ademusere said, “There are no long queues anymore. When we started, people turned out massively and it affected the smooth operation, but later when we noticed this and created additional centres, thereafter, the teeming numbers reduced.

“The issue on working during public holidays is that there are rules before the commencement of this exercise, which clearly state that public holidays, as well as, weekends are not included as days we are to work. The rules can’t be changed. Anyone who wants to register should find time as every voter would be registered before the election”, he assured.

He hinted that the commission is well prepared for the forthcoming election in the state as they have begun to receive non-sensitive materials, capacity building trainings for their staff members and area registration of where its staff members would be deployed, adding that the commission has further gone to bring new sophisticated equipment which has been tested and certified to be better than what was previously on ground with some upgraded features.

He enjoined citizens raising concerns about the collection of their PVCs to remain calm as the printing will commence after the second phase of the continuous voters registration is concluded.

He said: “What is available now is the Temporary voters Cards. As from the 20th of May to 2nd of June, the permanent Voters card will be printed an every registered person will have access to it. They should stay calm. We are only waiting for the final phase of the Continuous Voters’ Registration assignment which will start  from April 11th to 16th as soon as we conclude that, we will begin the printing of the cards”.

Speaking on the development, the coordinator of Oranmiyan Group, Mr Niyi Aluko on whether he is satisfied with the way INEC has performed about the registration said, “things are improving over the years. We now have an electronic system of voting.”

“They have improved on what we used to have. If you are conversant with what is going on in the media, one should unarguably give them kudos that they have fared well. The hitches experienced is something that will be perfected over the years.

“This is a new thing we are embracing, it is an innovation that is subjected to errors which will be corrected as time goes on, perfection to me is not a day job, as we proceed we will get used to the system and all those human  errors would be corrected.”

He said large turnout is due to the level of awareness embarked upon by different groups in the state including the Oranmiyan group and the fact that the electorates are becoming more politically socialised.