INEC Extends Voter Registration In Some Areas

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San Francisco, Feb 05, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today announced that it has extended the voter registration exercise in some areas where that could not commence early registration due to communal conflicts, over-population, technical or logistical challenges.

Registration was extended to Monday, February 07, 2011.

The electoral commission said the move attests to its determination to ensure that all eligible Nigerians who turn up for registration are registered.

A statement by INEC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel I. Umenger said’ “the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will undertake a mop-up exercise in areas where the on-going voter registration exercise could not commence early due to communal conflicts, over-population, technical or logistical challenges.

“The mop up voter registration will be from Sunday, February 6 to Monday, February 7, 2011.

“The affected areas identified for the purpose of the mop-up exercise are:

Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, Ganjuwa, Kirfi, Shira, Bogoro, and Tafawa Balewa Local Government Areas of Bauchi State; some wards in Gubio, Mafa, Jere, Konduga, Kukawa, Mobbar and Monguno Local Government Areas of Borno State; Katsina Ala, Gwer East and Vandeikya LGAs of Benue State; Warri North, Warri South, and Warri South- West LGAs of Delta State; Ijero and Ekiti-East LGA of Ekiti State; Nsukka, Uzo Uwani and parts of Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South as well as Udi LGAs of Enugu State.

“Others are, FCT; Sabon Tasha, Rigasa, Afaka, Kakuri, Rigachikun LGAs of Kaduna State; two registration areas each in Birnin Kebbi, Yauri, Gwandu and three others each in Danko-Wasaku and Suru in Kebbi State; Karu, New Karu, Mararaba, Masaka, Aso Fada and Adudu ward in Obi LGA of Nasarawa State.

“In Zamfara State, the mop -up exercise will, take place in Gusau Ward 03, Galadima 01, Dado 04, Maiyara 05, Tudun Wada 09 and Tsafe 08 wards while in Kogi State, it will take place in some areas in Bassa and Adavi LGAs. In Ogun State, Obafemi Owode, Ifo and Ado Ode LGAs will benefit from the exercise.

“The Commission commends and appreciates the enthusiasm with which eligible Nigerians have turned out en-masse to be registered in readiness for the April, 2011 General Elections and wishes to advise all those eligible registrants who are yet to register to take advantage of the mop-up exercise and get registered.

The statement added that, “INEC further reminds Nigerians that it is a crime to register more than once. Any such attempt will be discovered and culprits prosecuted.”