Ado-Ekiti - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday commenced its Continuous Voter Registration (CUR) in Ekiti State in preparation for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
The six-day exercise which is expected to end on March 17 is to take care of eligible voters who attained the age of 18 years, and adults who missed the 2011 nationwide voter registration.
Some of the local governments monitored Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti West, Ikere, Emure, Ekiti South-West, Irepodun/Ifelodun and Ijero.
Many eligible voters besieged the registration centres as early as 9.00 a.m. as INEC’s ad hoc staff conducted the exercise.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Halilu Pai, who also monitored the exercise warned against multiple registration and registration by proxy, saying it was criminal to do so.
"Anyone who engages in double registration will be detected by INEC machines and will have himself completely deleted from the Commission’s data for a long time, in addition to prosecution.
"Such a person will automatically miss the opportunity to vote for the candidate of his or her choice in the coming governorship election and those to come after it,’’ Pai said.
He explained that for an eligible voter to qualify for registration, the individual would provide a brief data on his or herself, evidence of voting age, and two passport photographs, after which his thumb-print would be taken
Both the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and the opposition parties were wooing their members to use the opportunity to obtain their voter cards.
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