By: Okunade Adekunle
In its preparation for the coming general elections in 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State, has commenced operations at its newly created 25 additional centres for Continuous Registration Centres (CVR) in the state.
While commenting at the flag-off ceremony, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, the National Commissioner of INEC in charge of Ogun, Ondo and Lagos State said that creation of additional centres showed that the commission was responsive.
Ogunmola, who inspected three of the new centres in Lagos expressed satisfaction with the preparation and facility at the centres.
He stressed that the additional centres are in response to the request of stakeholders for decentralisation of CVR exercise.
“We are trying ascertain the level of our preparedness in our newly created centres in Lagos. In Lagos state, we have been given 25 additional centres.We want to know whether people are sensitised enough and we saw that people have started registering at the new centres already,” He added
Ogunmola, who inspected operations at Oke-Meta Primary School in Somolu, Ijero Girls’ Junior High School, Lagos Mainland and Akanji Primary School, Surulere, noted that Lagosians had ample opportunities to register.
He said that the new centres would go a long way to capture so many eligible voters before the 2019 general elections.
Ogunmola urged eligible voters to avail themselves of the opportunity of the new centres to be able to exercise their franchise in future elections.
“Eligible voters should come out and register to be able to fulfil their civic responsibility. The exercise is a continuous thing unlike precious one that would run for few weeks and end,” He stressed.
He stated: “This exercise will run until third quarter of 2018. People have about one and half years to register. The commission will do everything humanly possible to deliver on its mandate to Nigerians without letting the nation down.”
In his comment, Dr Mustapha Mudashiru, the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state, said that INEC would not reneged on its commitment to serve the people of Lagos.
Mudashiru implored eligible voters to patronise the new centres for registration, adding that commission would not spare any effort at simplifying the exercise for voters.
He explained that no fewer than 165 staff had been trained to man the new centres with adequate facilities to carry out the exercise across the state.
The new centres were spread across 13 out of 20 Local Government areas of the state where the population of registrants was high.
The centres were created in Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Alimosho, Eti-Osa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Mushin, Ojo, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu, Surulere, and Lagos Mainland Local Government Areas(LGAs).
It will be recalled that INEC started the nationwide CVR on April 27 to capture those who attained 18 years of age and others who did not register or those seeking replacement, transfer and others.
The CVR exercise was limited to only INEC offices in the 20 local government areas of the state before the creation occasioned by the population of eligible voters in those areas.