From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise is to give every eligible Nigerian voter the chance to exercise their franchise.
Resident Electoral Commissioner of Bauchi State, Ibrahim Abdullahi, made this remarks yesterday in Bauchi while on a courtesy visit to Bauchi State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nura Kobi, in his office describing NOA as “a critical partner to INEC”.
Abdullahi, who was recently appointed and posted to Bauchi state as the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) explained that “the Continuous Voters Registration exercise is for those who have obtained 18 years but have not registered”.
“It is also for those who lost their voters’ cards, and those who have relocated to places where they initially registered, including those in the same state or town but away from where they registered”.
He noted “the registration used to have a time frame, but it will continue until three months to elections. And since NOA is a critical partner, I have come to pay my respect, formally introduce myself and solicit for your cooperation”.
The Bauchi REC was accompanied on the visit by Bauchi INEC Administrative Secretary, Mohammed Sani Mohammed, and other management staff of his office.
Responding, Bauchi NOA Director, Alh.Nura Kobi, said that “NOA has offices in all the 20 local government areas of the state”, adding “and we will embark on public awareness campaign very soon”.
But was quick to complain that “NOA is burdened with lack of funds which comes mainly from Abuja, though, we do get assistance from Bauchi state government”.
“But we will be feeding you on our challenges, because voters’ registration is very important and we will accordingly be informing the people at the grassroots on the imperatives of having a voter’s card”.
“However, we wish you will create more voters’ registration centres at local government level enable the masses access the registration with ease. But I do assure you that NOA is willing to partner with you.