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Friday, December 9, 2022

INEC displays voters lists

By Adekola Afolabi, Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare, Francis Akinnodi, Ore & Sade Adewale, Ondo
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As part of preparations for the 2019, general elections,  voters’ registers were yesterday displayed in polling units across Ondo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Some prospective voters in Akure, the state capital commended the electoral umpire for the exercise.

In some of the areas visited within Akure metropolis, prospective voters were seen checking their details whether they tally or not.

At Ijomu/Obanla Unit 006, Ward 4, intending voters thronged the center to check their names, passport photographs among other personal information to ascertain their correctness.

The exercise was supervised by the operatives including the police and that of Civil Defence.

Some prospective voters applauded the INEC for the exercise, saying it would go a long way to ensure an hitch-free polls come 2019.

They equally advised the commission to give the exercise adequate publicity so that concerned voters would be aware.

According to one of them, who gave his name as Mayowa, many people were still not aware of the pasting of the voters lists, hence they did not come out to check their details.

The exercise is expected to end next week Monday.

In Ikare, investigations by The Hope revealed that the lists were conspicuously pasted on the walls near the polling units.

All the units visited by our reporter had the list pasted on walls.

It was a similar situation in Imo Arigidi, Agbaluku and Arigidi Oja, all in Akoko North West Local Government.

Reports indicated the same story in Owo, Ose and all the other local government areas in the Ondo North Senatorial District.

However, there are no prospective voter at the units checking their names at the time our reporter went round.

At Obaaja compound polling unit, a resident, Pa Oloruntoba Joseph who spoke with The Hope said he and other residents of the area came back from the farm to see the list pasted on the walls.

Pa Oloruntoba said he was not aware if the exercise was on and likewise other residents.

According to him, nobody had turned up to check his or her name.

He attributed the situation to lack of publicity on the part of INEC.

According to him, INEC would have done better by publicising the exercise either on radio or publicity vans.

At the maternity center polling unit in Imo Arigidi Akoko, nobody was seen at the centre at the time our reporter visited the area.

However, one of the workers of the health center who offered to speak with The Hope on the condition of anonymity, said no single person turned up for the exercise.

She disclosed that the people were not aware that it is taking place.

In the same vein, an aged woman, Mrs Veronica Adebambo stated that no one was aware of the display of voters list by INEC in the community.

The Hope Owena Press
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Owena Press Limited (Publisher of The Hope Newspaper), Akure

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