BY MAIRIGA Juliana, Minna
A total of, 34, 255 eligible male and female voters have registered in the first quarter of the on-going Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) which took place in all the 25 local government headquarters and 8 additional voting centres in Niger state between April 1st and July, 20th 2017.
Apparently to express displeasure of inadequately representation in the current political dispensation, the number of women participation in the ongoing CVR exercise in Niger state have drastically reduced with only, 12, 099 females against, 22, 156 males.
The Administrative Secretary, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Niger state, Alhaji Isa Aliyu Bungudu disclosed this in an interview as part of activities to round up the first quarter of the CVR exercise in parts of the state.
“Initially we started in all the 25 Local Government Council but two weeks back we got additional 8 centres, 2 in Minna the state capital and others are spread across the 3 senatorial districts”, the INEC Administrative Secretary in Niger state said.
Similarly, the ongoing CVR in the state as directed by the INEC headquarters in Abuja, included the distribution of unclaimed 11, 449 number of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) during the 2015 general election which we also distributing, the Administrative Secretary said.
At the end of the 90 days, Bungudu said “We will display the list for claims, observations and objections by people whose names may have been wrongly spelt, double registration or under-aged registration will be reconciled with voters before final compilation of the names”.
He said, “We also have cases of people whose PVC was mutilated, damaged of lost. Some registered in other states or at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja but now relocated to Niger state where they would want to vote, so we have a lot of things we are doing to ensure all eligible voters are captured ahead of the 2019 general election”.
It is a continuous exercise, Isa Bungudu further hinted, saying, ‘we intend to start the second quarter of PVC issuance by 31st of this month as soon as we display the authentic list of the 34, 255 eligible voters so far captured in the state’.