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Plateau Assembly wants INEC to extend voters registration to wards

The Plateau State House of Assembly has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend voters registration down to wards rather than having it done only at the INEC offices situated at local government councils.

The appeal came in a notice of motion on a call to INEC to also sensitise the citizens of Plateau State on the ongoing voter’s card registration exercise.

The mover of the motion and member Representing Jos South constituency in the state Assembly, Hon. Nyam Dareng while reading the body of the motion said, “the main function of Information and Technology Department of any given organisation is to avail the public with information that will eliminate ignorance and its attendant effects, thus imparting knowledge and awareness.

“The importance of the ongoing voters registration exercise cannot be over emphasised because a large percentage of the populace, especially in the rural areas are not educated enough to know it’s civil rights and responsibilities as credible citizens to register and obtain their voters card.

“Rural dwellers are unaware of the fact that without a voters card one cannot participate in choosing who to represent or govern them; It is therefore important to sensitise them on the need to register and obtain the voters card in order to exercise their franchise as well as educate them on the danger of selling their cards or votes during elections,” he said.

However, other House members observed that making the local government headquarters as the only centre for the registration will discourage eligible voters that reside in the interior to come out to perform their civic duties, adding that the National Orientation Agency in the state should do well by also sensitising the people on the need to obtain their voters card especially paying more attention to rural dwellers and ensuring that information is well disseminated to them.

Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

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