February 12, 2018 09:33 pm
The head of Voters’ Education and Publicity Department at the Independent Electoral Commission in Rivers State, Edwin Enabor says the ongoing voter registration exercise at the Port Harcourt City Local Government head office enrols up to 500 persons per day. The INEC officer made this known while discrediting reports that the exercise has been wearying for prospective voters in Port Harcourt.
Mr. Enabor spoke to a Rhythm FM reporter on Monday, he said the turnout is “baffling,” considering that the registration is still at its early stage and continues for about 8 more months. He hoped voters were not attempting to cheat the system because that will be a pointless attempt, since the system is designed to nullify duplicates.
“Every day, we have up to like 500 people that register from this centre, that is impressive considering the fact that this exercise is a continuous one. It is baffling that we have such turn out at this time.”
The INEC officer also denied reports that his registration officers were engaging in malpractice and frustrating the registration process. He said the officers have been well trained to ensure order is followed in course of the exercise. He blamed the negative feedback about the exercise on people’s impatience and desire to cheat the established sequence.
Mr. Enabor had last week, noted that Rivers State recorded the highest number of registered voters in the second quarter of 2017.