Following the rush to beat the deadline for voters’ registration the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the rollout of more enrolment machines.
INEC in a statement released Friday said they are aware of the sudden surge in the number of intending voters.
“In some States, the sudden turnout of prospective registrants is overwhelming,” Festus Okoye said.
Okoye, head of the Information and voter education committee said the commission met to decide on what to do to allow more people time to register to vote.
“Consequently, the Commission convened an urgent meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) yesterday Thursday 9th June 2022 to review the situation so that eligible Nigerians who wish to register can do so. The necessity to urgently deploy more voter enrolment machines to ease the congestion at the registration centres was identified as a priority.
“In response, the Commission has immediately released additional 209 machines deployed mainly to the five South Eastern States, Lagos and Kano where the pressure is most acute.
“The Commission will monitor the situation over the next few days. Thereafter, it will meet to review the progress of the exercise.
“Every step will be taken and all options will be explored to ensure that eligible Nigerians are allowed to register as voters.
“The Commission appeals for patience and understanding of all citizens. Every Nigerian who is 18 years of age and above has the constitutional right to register and vote in any part of the country he/she resides in without hindrance.
“The sudden surge is an affirmation of the increasing confidence Nigerians have in our electoral process. The Commission will continue to ensure that this confidence is sustained.”
It is however not clear if INEC will consider extending the date for the Continuous voter registration exercise initially meant to end this June.