Traders urge INEC to open Registration Centers in Markets

Traders urge INEC to open Registration Centers in Markets
Traders in Calabar, Cross River State, have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to open Voters Card Registration Centers in markets and other public places, in order to ease the process of registration for the citizenry.

The call was made on Saturday, during a sensitization march organized by the Calabar Municipal Chapter of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS).


Members of NAS (in white shirts and black trousers) interacting with traders during the sensitization campaign on voter’s card registration

The traders expressed frustration at the ongoing registration process, stating that they spend several futile hours in long queues, in their attempts to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

According to a report published today by The Punch newspaper, a trader at the Ika Ika Oqua Market, Mr. Chidi Okoro, said he was frustrated as a result of the slow process.

“I have had to go back to my shop twice because of the frustrating registration process,” he said.

The report adds that another trader, Mrs. Udeme Akpan, said she had made no attempt to register because of the complaints from those who had gone to INEC office.

“Many of us cannot leave our shops; INEC should open registration centers in market places. If they do so, the level of participation will double,” Akpan said.

Members of NAS also distributed fliers to motorists during the sensitization campaign on voter registration

Accordingly, the President of National Association of Seadogs, Calabar Municipal Local Government Area chapter, Mr Mudiaga Affe, has called on INEC to increase its sensitization campaign as a lot of citizens were not aware that the PVC registration process was ongoing.

Over forty members of Calabar Municipal’s branch of NAS took part in the sensitization campaign, while more than eight hundred fliers bearing messages on the need for voter registration and protection of votes were distributed to traders at Ika Ika Oqua Market along Marian Road, Calabar.

It would be recalled that INEC announced last Tuesday that the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration exercise has been shifted from Friday, August 17th 2018 to Friday, August 31st, 2018.

Cornelius Ellah
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