Mixed Reactions Over Voter’s Registration In Ado-Odo/Ota
In a bid to exercise their fundamental human right, eligible voters from far and near across Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government who trooped in their numbers to obtain their voter’s card in the on-going voters registration at the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Secretariat, expressed divergent opinions over the manner in which the process is being conducted.
During a chat with VOA, most of the people that came for the exercise lamented on how they have been on their toes for the past few weeks not minding the distance they had to cover and host of other things they left unattended to just to get registered but can’t due to the slow pace of the process.
According to Mr. Ajibola Oluwadamilola who was at the venue of the registration, lamented the attitude of the INEC officials. He said, “I have been here since last week Tuesday, and I could not register so I had to write down my name; that is why am here today again.” He further emphasized on the conduct of the exercise and identify lack of organization as the major problem of the program.
He however called on relevant stakeholders to see to the proper organization of the process by splitting the centers so as to hasten the exercise and also encourage more people to come out for theirs too.
Another resident, Prince Dada Ganiu who spoke with VOA bemoaned that he had spent over two hours on the queue and it did not look as if he was going to get his registration done. He said he had tried to engage the INEC officials on ground in that it seemed what they were doing is devoid of proper planning. He also added that some people traveled all the way from Atan, Agbara and even Igbesa for the exercise and there is no provision for them if they are not able to get the registration done same day.
He advised INEC to revert to the way the registration is being done in the past and decentralize the exercise to polling units level for convenience.
In a further chat with Mr. Olowoyo Gbenga who is one of the INEC officials, he revealed that the process is going on smoothly; except for the constraint of machines in which they are currently working on, he promised that INEC will provide more machines within the shortest period of time and also decentralize the centres to ward levels so as to enhance the speed of the process.
He however called on those who have not done their registration to come out en-mass to register for their cards.