By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned eligible voters not engage in double registration during the on-going Continuous Registration in the state as it is punishable offence.
The commission who gave this warning while addressing journalists in Lokoja on Thursday said it was an offence for anyone to register twice because it carries severe penalty in the Electoral.Act as amended.
The Kogi State Administrative Secretary of INEC, Mr. Adison J. Mailafiya, told journalists that the exercise, which began on April 27, 2017 had seen the commission register a total of 45,757 voters.
Mailafiya explained that out of the above figure, 23,534 are males and 22,223 females as at July 4 2017, stressing that a total of 1,566 voters had applied transfer for their PVCs and 2,556 registered voters equally applied for replacement of their PVCs.
“In addition 6,745 registered voters have collected their permanent voters cards with the period while a total of 284178 PVCs are yet to be collected.
“It is important to note that as part of measure to address challenges including the distance of registration centers from prospective registrants and ease of congestion in some localities, six addition centers have been approved for the State,” he said.
He therefore warned the eligible voters that there should be no registration by proxy, stressing that who wishes to register must appear in person in the CVR center for registration.
“Furthermore double/multiple registration is not allowed. That is, an eligible person can only register once and at one registration centre. If a person has residence in more than one constituency, he or She must choose only one location to register,” he added.