INEC Registration: Rivers State ALGON Allege Sabotage, Gives INEC Seven Days Ultimatum.
The 23 Local Government Chairmen under the auspices of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) visited the INEC Rivers State Headquarters to submit their protest letter following the perceive deliberate attempt to disenfranchise the people of the State, Dez Mayorz Media learnt through Soye Granville.
Speaking through the Mayor of Port Harcourt Local Government Area, the newly Chairman of ALGON, Sir Allwell Ihunda JP frowned at the frustration experienced by the people of Rivers State to get themselves registered.
This the Mayor said after their meeting with the INEC officials, declared that it’s unacceptable that each local government has only one machine.
ALGON advised INEC to decentralise the registration to Wards level to enable speedy registration for the people of Rivers State.
“The most frustrating aspect of the process is the frequent breakdown of their machines and server thereby making things difficult for the people of the State” – Sir Allwell Ihunda added.
The Local Government Chairmen said they have made all logistical, security arrangement and mobilised the people for easy registration process yet INEC on their part have failed to do the needful to make the process hitch free with the complaint of server being down or machine in bad shape, and the chairmen have offered to provide safe and efficient Internet system to support their operations but INEC has not shown seriousness which has informed the protest suspecting deliberate attempt to frustrate Rivers people.
Following the perceived sobatage, the ALGON has given INEC 7 days from today to resolve all issues affecting the registration in Rivers State failure to do so will come with every lawfully necessary means to compel them to do the right thing.
Information received from some parts of the country indicates massive mobilisation of machine, men and materials. Why will that of Rivers State be different if it wasn’t an attempt to disenfranchise the people.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), earlier opened a portal where intending voters can register before they complete the process at a designated centre.
But Rivers State is having serious registration problem.