The decentralisation of the Continuous Voters Registration Exercise of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will ensure the successful registration of more Nigerians and reduce cases of disenfranchisement.
This is the view of Lawmakers in Bayelsa, a state which is about seventy percent riverine in nature, coupled with mobility challenges from the creeks to near upland Local Government Headquarters designated for the registration.
TVC NEWS Ovieteme George reports that a voters register released by the Independent National Electoral Commission on January the 13th, 2015 reveals that Bayelsa had 610,373 registered voters – the least number in the INEC publication.
The situation was made worse by some malfunctioning card readers during the 2015 General? Election.
More than two years after, the INEC Continuous Voter Registration exercise is concentrated in the Local Government Headquarters.
Traversing the creeks of the hinterland to get to designated registration points in the Council Headquarters is a challenge to the people, but the terrain may also be difficult for the INEC.
Meanwhile, the Senate has told the electoral umpire body to decentralise the continuous voter registration exercise to Units and Ward levels.