BARRING any last minute changes, the much expected registration of voters for the 2011 polls will begin across the country on October 24. The exercise will hold in each of the 120,000 polling units of the country.

Speaking on the fresh voters' compilation yesterday in Lagos, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, said the exercise would last for two weeks between the last week of October and the first week of November, 2010.

Ogunmola spoke during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, led by Justice Fatai Adeyinka, yesterday.

In Lagos, the REC said 8,465 registration machines would be deployed to the 8645 polling units to manned by 25,395 personnel at the rate of three persons per polling booth.

Asked if two weeks would be adequate to register about 70 million voters in the country, Ogunmola nodded positively because unlike in the last exercise where registration machines were rotated among two to four polling units, every polling booth would have a Direct Data Capturing machine, DDC this time.

To smoothen the exercise, he hoped that the government would take the working class into consideration by declaring a public holiday to enable them register.

During the visit, LASIEC and INEC leaders promised to thicken their collaboration to ensure credible polls in Lagos.

Fatai Adeyinka said, for instance, that there was no reason both electoral bodies could not collaborate because they had been enjoying harmonious relations all the while.

Ogunmola recently said that LASIEC had no power to create additional wards and polling uinits as it was planning. He however, told Saturday Vanguard yesterday that LASIEC could delineate more wards and polling units for their administrative needs but such creations would not be recognised by the constitution until it was approved at the Federal level.

Ogunmola, who just resumed as Lagos REC, said he was impressed with what he saw in the hand-over notes regarding collaboration with LASIEC and would improve on it. A joint committee of the two bodies recently recommended that additional 4000 polling units should be created in Lagos and the recommendation is awaiting approval of the INEC headquarters.

To ensure credible polls in 2011, he urged the citizenry to partake actively in the electoral process, assuring that the commission would do its best to create a level-playing field for all.

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Comment by Osamade, Christopher Nwaifjokwu on September 15, 2010 at 10:36am
From the news on ground there is need to allow President Jonnathan the chance to continue in the year 2011 becouse apart from the killings,keepnapping everywhere, there is stability of fuel and a little bit light to an estent for some months now. And I am in suport of Option A4 for voting system to avoid duplication of votes. The Ministry of Information should do more on Election matters by sentizing the public both in cities down to the villages. Public Holidays should be declared for the period of voters Registration toenable every worker and those of voting age to register.
Comment by kaycee on September 5, 2010 at 9:38am
There's no way 2 weeks wld be enough for the registration of over 70million people if there's no provision for public holidays to enable workers participate fully!
Comment by Obi Mikel G on September 4, 2010 at 5:42pm
Is 2wks not too small 4 d registratn? Are u sure dat 90% of Nig who are with voter card would register within dat range?
Comment by Ebitari Julius on September 4, 2010 at 5:08pm
The 2011 Nigerian general elections will be adjudged one of the best in Africa. This is as result of the awareness being creates by all segments of the Nigerian society, including the media. Nigerians ordinarily wants to have the best except some few bad eggs who would be completely disgraced because we have made up our minds as Nigerians to come out and make our votes count. Prof Jega and INEC will succeed this time around with the commitment all are prepared to put in. Thank God this is the time for change and we are privileged to witness it.

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