The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the time table and schedule of activities for the conduct of the governorship election slated for November 21.
As the governorship election slated for November 21 in the state gathers momentum, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a time table and schedule of activities for the conduct of the election.
Briefing journalists at the INEC office in Lokoja, in the state, Resident Electoral Commissioner Alhaji Haliru Pai ,disclosed that the pre-election activities like the Continuous Voters Registration and distribution of Permanent Voters Cards will commence concurrently as from September 2-7, while political parties are to conduct their primary elections between August 21 and September 19.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) stated further that Voter education for all categories of the electorate begins from September 28th and ends October 31st. According to Alhaji Pai, for maximum out put the Commission has commenced training of personnel that will conduct the Continuous Voters Register and that the personnel that are to train those to be in charge of local governments are already being trained.
He said the Continuous Voters Register will be conducted at the 21 local government offices of the commission with 10 Direct Data Capturing machines each to be manned by two personnel. The Commissioner explained that the Commission had provided additional 34 centres in some local government areas to cater for areas with difficult terrains and those that are far away from the registration centres.
He emphasised that the distribution of permanent voters card is for persons who were un able to collect theirs before the last general election and those that transferred their registration to or with in the state. As for the continuous voters registration, Alhaji Pai said only those who had not registered before and those that turned 18years of age after the last registration exercise as well as those whose names were not found in the voters register will be attended to.
The Commissioner therefore assured the electorate in the state that the forth coming governorship election will be used to prove the Commission’s improvement on the past processes, adding that the commission is poised to conduct free, fair, credible, transparent and acceptable election come November 21.
-Joseph Amedu, Lokoja