Voters Registration: Rivers State ALGON Soft Pedals The Seven Days Ultimatum
ALGON RIVERS STATE REVIEWS THE SEVEN DAYS ULTIMATUM IT GAVE TO INEC.
– Say there has been improvement and serious collaboration between the Independent Electoral Commission and the Local Government Chairmen concerning the CVR exercise.
The Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas in Rivers State under the Umbrella of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Rivers State Chapter have reviewed the seven days ultimatum it gave to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) last week during a protest carried out at INEC,s office in Port Harcourt due to lapses they have observed in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues at a Press briefing in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital, the Chairman of ALGON Rivers State Chapter, Hon Alwell Ihunda, Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council, said they have discovered that there has been some improvements in the CVR exercise after the protest.
There is serious collaboration between the Council Chairmen and INEC in ensuring that there is tremendous improvement in the CVR exercise, based on this the Chairmen have decided to allow INEC continue with the exercise.
He went further to urge INEC to put in extra effort to ensure that the servers are functional for at least eight hours daily and also to decentralize the exercise to the Ward level for effective result.
On the issue of INEC alleging that eligible voters are not turning up for the exercise, Hon Alwell Ihunda said they are all excuses made by INEC because the Chairmen have done massive sensitization and mobilization of their people through traditional and social media platforms, enlightening them on the registrations process and how to go about it.
The Chairmen were at the Rivers State office of INEC last week to register their dissatisfaction on how INEC was handling the CVR exercise, alleging that it was a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise and depopulate eligible voters in Rivers State, the Ultimatum has elapsed.
The Executive Chairman of Ogu/Bolo LGA, Hon (Barr) Vincent Nemieboka Who is also the Publicity Secretary of ALGON Rivers State Chapter, was at the press briefing and strongly supports the stand of his fellow colleagues.
INEC on it’s part published a report yesterday showing the statistics in the number of persons that have been registered so far.
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Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area.