Minister Laments Poor Voters’ Registration In Abuja

FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has lamented the poor number
of registered voters in the nation’s capital, noting that the total
voters’ registration figure for the FCT does not match the over six
million population of the territory.

Speaking during stakeholders meeting aimed at sensitizing the key
players in the exercise and ensuring that the target groups are
registered, Bello also frowned at the high percentage of uncollected
permanent voters’ card (PVCs), which he noted is reflective of our
society.
He pointed out that no matter how much sensitization and mobilization
of the people to go and register, as long as they do not collect the
card, the whole exercise is of no value.
The minister maintained that in order to fast track the on-going
voters’ registration exercise in the FCT, the administration will work
with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide
mobile registration teams that can reach the remote areas of the
territory to get people registered.
He reminded the stakeholders that in a democracy, the weapon every
citizen has is the ability to vote. “So, the voters’ registration
exercise is a fundamental condition for every person to exercise his
or her human fundamental rights to decide on who governs him or her
and that is why it is very important.”
Bello disclosed that the administration had, during a meeting with
the acting resident electoral commissioner (REC) of the FCT, decided
that while INEC at the FCT and at the national level is working on all
the recommendations they have collated, the administration will work
together with the area council chairmen and INEC to provide mobile
teams that will be able to go to inaccessible areas of the territory.
“All we need to do is work out a system where we can fund the
logistics and provide security and then of course, INEC and the Area
Councils will provide us the staff and the location, so that we can
target a mobile team that will maybe on a daily basis from one
community to another.”
The minister emphasized that it is very important for all, starting
from the religious leaders, the political leaders, the traditional
leaders and all other stakeholders to go back and explain what was
discussed at the meeting to the grassroots.
Earlier, the acting resident electoral commissioner (REC) for FCT,
Hajiya Samaltu Gaji Ibrahim, explained that the Continuous Voters’
Registration exercise is aimed at registering eligible voters who have
just matured into the voting age of 18 years and those who could not
register previously, so that they can participate in the forthcoming
general elections.
Ibrahim disclosed that the exercise will also cater for those wishing
to change their points of registration from their former places of
abode to new ones as well as distribution of permanent voters’ card.
She revealed that so far, 5,424 people have been registered in the
FCT, while 876 people who sought for transfer have also been
registered. ELANZANEWS.M

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