IBADAN – Many residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, turned out enmasse for the Continuous Voters Registration exercise being organised by INEC.
Many residents turned out in large numbers at most centres visited in Ibadan South-East, Ibadan North West, Oluyole and Afijio Local Government Areas.
Some stakeholders, however, said there were still some challenges facing the registration exercise aimed at registering Nigerians ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Chief Goke Oyetunji, the state Vice Chairman of the APC, told NAN that there were challenges with some malfunctioning machines, generators and finger print equipment.
“In some local governments like Afijio, Oyo North, Orelope and Iwajowa, there were complaints about the machines, generators and finger prints machines,” he said.
He called on INEC to rectify the problems in order not to disenfranchise eligible voters. [eap_ad_1] Alhaji Abass Bayewu, the Chairman of Ibadan North-East Local Government, urged INEC to tackle the challenges facing the exercise.
He, however, promised to sensitise residents of the area about the need to participate in the registration exercise.
Responding to the complaints, Alhaji Nasir Ayilara, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, said that the hitches in some areas were hinged on the fact that the exercise had just began.
“The exercise is going on as planned by INEC.
“We have a centre in Ibadan for example where about 500 voters registered even on the first day of the registration exercise,” he said.
Ayilara expressed optimism that the exercise would be successful, saying there were enough machines, generators and finger print machines.
INEC had between Aug. 15 and Aug. 18 distributed Permanent Voter Cards to residents of the state before embarking on the current exercise.(NAN)