Voters In Edo Decry Slow Process Of Voters Registration Exercise, Other Challenges.
The voters registration exercise in Edo State today, has been plagued by heavy downpour of rain.
This is even as workers thronged in their thousand defied the heavy downpour on Friday in Benin City, the State capital, to take advantage of the work-free day declared by Governor Godwin Obaseki, and register in the Continuous Voter Registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Individuals who spoke to newsmen, commended the Edo State Government for declaring Friday work-free, explaining that they had come out to use the opportunity to register.
Mr. Eboigbe Wellington, who was at the INEC Registration Centre located at Asoro Slope, Ekehuan Road, Benin City, decried the slow pace of work by officials of INEC and called on the federal government to extend the registration deadline to enable more people register.
He also said that the heavy and persistent rainfall in Benin City has discouraged many people from coming out to register as the INEC centres have no place for people to take cover when it rains.
“The heavy rainfall has not helped matters. People have no place to hide when it rains and as you can see, many of us are drenched while looking for where to hide from the rainfall,”
Mr. John Ohenhen, who was also at the INEC Registration Centre at Asoro Hill, Ekehuan Road, said he was at the centre to collect his voter card having registered in December 2017.
He urged INEC to deploy more officials to make the registration process faster.
The Nation reports that this situation is almost the same in other parts of the state as workers turned out in their numbers to register
Naija News reports that INEC had earlier announced suspension of the exercise for today, the 31st of August,2018.