Eligible voters, pursuing voter cards in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Kano state, are hitting a snag in the exercise, as they have reportedly been sleeping at the registration centres.
Residents of Kankarofi ward in Yakasai area of Municipal local government area and Dorayi Babba ward in Gwale local government area, were said to have been reported to the registration centres at the wee hours in order to book a place in a queue for being the first to be served on arrival of the ad-hoc staff.
This may not be unconnected with the disorderly nature of the exercise caused by over population and shortage of registration materials at the registration centres in the state.
Speaking to Peoples Daily, Haruna Idris, of Kankarofi ward, said he reported to the centre at about 3:00am to book a place on the queue but still met some people sleeping at the centre, adding that despite reporting early, he could not be registered due to disorderliness at the centre.
“I came to the area around 3:00 and booked a place on the queue and to my surprise, I saw about twenty people covered with blankets sleeping here. But despite reporting early, I still have not been registered due to disorderliness at the centres. Even some of those that were sleeping did not get registered.” He lamented Another voter, who identified herself as Khadija, a resident of Dorayi Babba, said she went to the centre at 5:00am, adding that she was even chased by dogs, but still did not register.
“I came here around 5:00am. I swear to God, I was chased by dogs to this place, but to my dismay, I still didn’t register. I must register because it is my right.” She said.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state alleged that the exercise was marred by thuggery, as hoodlums allegedly hijacked registration materials and in some units, beating up the ad-hoc staff.
The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Abdullahi Umar Danyaya, made the revelation Sunday in his office while speaking to newsmen.
He appealed to thegeneral public to desist from molesting and manhandling of the ad-hoc staff and equipment, the REC also called on security agents to arrest and prosecute anybody engaged in the act.