BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
The House of Representatives have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately deploy physical enumerators and other assistance to conduct new voter registration exercise across all Federal Constituencies.
The House also mandated its Committee on Electoral Matter to ensure compliance.
The House of Representatives Resolution was sequel to motion by Hon. Abubakar Makki Yalleman, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Defense on Thursday 17th February, 2022.
Read the motion below: “Call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Urgently Deploy Physical Enumerators and Other Assistance to conduct New Voter Registration Across all Federal Constituencies
“The House: Notes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was established to, among other things, organize elections in Nigeria as well as put all necessary processes in place for the successful conduct of elections in Nigeria;
“Also notes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in carrying out one of its constitutional duties, has put in place the machinery for the virtual Continuous Voters Registration (CVR), which has been ongoing;
“Concerned that Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency and many other Federal Constituencies have been placed at disadvantage position due to non-availability of Registration centers and officials, inadequate power supply, insufficient operational tools and equipment as well as inadequate enlightenment program, the effect of which are low figure recorded within the constituencies;
“Worried that if the voter’s registration exercise is concluded without addressing the above-mentioned challenges, thousands of potential voters in Nigeria will be disenfranchised during the forthcoming elections;
“Concerned that given current realities in the Constituency, INEC may need to engage in both physical and virtual processes by introducing physical enumerators to make up for the lapses in the online registration exercise;
“Resolves to: (i) (ii) Urge the Independent National Electoral Commission to take immediate steps to conduct physical registrations throughout the Federation;
“Mandate the Committee on Electoral Matters to ensure compliance.”