Bwari residents describe voter registration as necessary move for change
NNN: Some residents in Bwari Area Council of the FCT have described their participation in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) as a necessary move for positive change in governance.
Mr Musa Akau, a civil servant said that he had to take two days off from his office to meet up the process before the June 30 deadline as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Akau said that the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) had become an important tool for every Nigerian who expects good governance and wants a better economy.
“It is a civic duty but only those who want things done better and do away with bad governance will take this exercise seriously.
“You can see from the turnout all around the country that people have been sensitised enough with the hope that their votes will count.
“So it is a necessity, a good move towards better governance at all levels.
“More people are turning up because they know how important this is now.”
He, however said that the process at the INEC Bwari office was slow, even though the crowd was not as much as other parts of the city.
Akau urged the commission to deploy more machines in addition to the two used for the exercise, and more manpower to fast track the process so that people would not be disenfranchised before the deadline.
Similarly, Mrs Esther Jacob, a pregnant woman, told NAN that her condition did not deter her from coming out to exercise her civic duty.
According to her, the need for the PVC has become necessary for every Nigerian, irrespective of gender, traditional or religious beliefs.
Jacob said that this was because most Nigerians were getting overwhelmed by the challenges in the country and believed that the electoral process would be fair enough to give them better leaders.
“I came out in spite of my condition because I believe that my move will count this time around.
“Even if I give birth around that period of the election, as long as I’m strong and fit, I will come out and vote.
“We all need a better economy. Things are too hard and we need to set it right for our children’s sake,” she said.
Jacob said that she did not encounter any challenge getting her card.
According to her, pregnant women and nursing mothers are given preferential treatment as soon as they are identified at the centre.
Miss Joana Odigie, a student said that she and her seven friends came out very early to write their names down at the centre before going back home to return for the process proper.
Odigie said that she and her friends decided to participate in the exercise because they found the opportunity while waiting for university unions to end the ongoing strike in country.
She said that even though the process was slow and kept people waiting for an entire day, it was worthwhile knowing one would be successful at the end.
According to her, the general elections in 2023 were significant because “it is supposed to bring the real change”.
She urged the commission to reconsider the deadline and give room for more participation, while adding that a lot of youths around the country have expressed enthusiasm for the coming elections and must not be disenfranchised.
NAN reports that the CVR was earlier scheduled to end on June 30.
NAN also reports that while some of the electorates were at the centre to register for the PVC, others came to regularise their already collected cards, as well as change their for easy movement on Election Day.
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