Voters' Registration: INEC Begins Mop-Up Exercise

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to 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, according to as statement issued by INEC's Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Umenger will be from Sunday, February 6 to Monday, February 7, 2011.      

  He said, 'In its determination to ensure that all eligible Nigerians who turn up for registration are registered.'      

  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 are also affected.       The statement added that 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 would benefit from the extension.      

  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 statement adds that 'The   Commission however 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.      

  INEC further reminded Nigerians that it is a crime to register more than once. Any such attempt will be discovered and culprits prosecuted.        

  Meanwhile, INEC in Delta state has announced the extension of the ongoing voters' registration exercise in Warri North, Warri South and Warri South-West local government areas up till Monday, February 7.       In a press release made available to in Asaba, INEC's Public Affairs Officer in Delta, Mr. Livy Inuigwe said the measure was to compensate the lateness of commencement of the registration exercise in the Warri Federal Constituency.      

  Earlier, the people of Warri North local government area, mostly of Itsekiri extraction had on Friday protested to INEC office at Koko, calling for an eight-days extension of the exercise.