Voter card: Bauchi residents defy rain to register




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Voter card Bauchi residents defy rain to registerBAUCHI – Eligible voters defied the rain to participate in the Continuous Voter Registration (CRV) in Bauchi on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A correspondent of NAN who visited many registration centres in Bauchi metropolis reports that many registrants held umbrellas while others used polythene bags to cover their heads on the queue.

At Baba Sidi Registration Centre, one of the registrants, Abdulazeez Suleiman, said they turned out in the rain because they were determined to register.

“This is to enable us to vote for the right candidate in 2015 general elections.

“We have the interest and the passion for a good and peaceful society, and we believe that the starting point is the election of good leaders.
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“We did not participate in the previous elections because we did not have voter card.

“Some of us were not up to 18 years in 2011, while others could not register due to one reason or the other.

“I particularly refused to register in 2011 because of the insincerity and selfishness of our leaders.’’

He added that he had realised that instead of just sitting and grumbling at home, it was better to register so as to speak through his vote.

“Now that we have the opportunity, we can no longer sit and allow others to decide our fate, even the rain cannot stop us’’, Suleiman said.

At Bakari Dukku registration centre, Amina Mohammed said women defied the rain to register so as to make their impact felt in governance.

She said that bad governance particularly affects women and children in every society adding, “we intend to change the situation through the power of the ballot box.

“So, we came in our numbers in spite the rain, to ensure that we register and fully participate in electing our leaders in the forth coming general elections’’, she said.

The exercise, which commenced on Aug. 20, would end on Monday, Aug. 25. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]