Group begs INEC to extend voter registration

A group known as “Our Lagos, Your Lagos initiative” has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the voter registration period.

The registration ended on August 31 after a two-week extension from August 17.

In a statement on Saturday, Aregbe Idris, convener of the group commended INEC for a “hitch-free” exercise, saying extending the registration would give eligible voters the opportunity to participate in the election.

“We greatly commend the sustained efforts of Lagos state residents and the entire nation as regards the collection of their permanent voter card (PVC) ahead of the 2019 general election,” the statement read.

“We also acknowledge the brilliant measures adopted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in staging a hitch-free registration process for eligible voters.

“However, we appeal to its principals to extend the registration process/period in order to accommodate and give opportunity to the teeming numbers of Nigerian citizens looking to exercise their franchise.

“As we look forward to a peaceful, free and fair elections, our desire is to ensure that we play active role by voting in capable and intellectually proven representatives that would propel the socio-economic wheel of our great state and dear nation to promising heights.

“We urge all and sundry to keep the belief of an effective electoral system alive by coming out en-masse to exercise their franchise in order to hold in high-hopes the dreams of a better Nigeria.

“Together we can move Lagos state and Nigeria forward by capitalizing on the power of our PVCs.”