Residents of Owerri, the capital of Imo State on Wednesday, lamented the events they experienced during the registration and re-confirmation of the Permanent Voter Card.
The outraged citizens appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the deadline for registration.
Those who spoke to our reporter at the INEC registration and re-registration center in Owerri said they could not register after visiting the center for more than a week.
At the Assumpta Catholic Church in Owerri, which has six registration and renewal centers, our reporter saw hundreds of people waiting to be registered.
But most people said the system was not working well, and asked the election referee to put more resources and staff in the area.
A woman who identified herself as Grace Madu said, “It’s been a week now and I have been unsuccessful. It may be that the systems are not working well or the crowd is so large that INEC staff cannot take care of everyone. Please, there has been an improvement. I hope this is not a plot to oust us from the 2023 general election. If possible extend the execution of June 30. ”
Another person, Kingsley One, said, “I left here for Naze to register for registration but the plans are disrupting me. I want to have my PVC so I can vote in 2023. They have to set a deadline if they cannot register before the June 30 deadline. ”
A civil servant, Chukwudi Kings, was tired of the program because he had not been arrested since the three days he visited the center.
He said, “I ask INEC to extend the deadline for this project. From what is available, we cannot meet before the deadline. We have been taking permission from our offices so that we can be arrested but to no avail. Extend the deadline. ”
The Director of Voter Education at INEC in the province, Mrs Emmanuella Opara, who appeared to be low, told our reporter that the Commission had created more units for people to be arrested.
Opara said in four phases, the Commission had made it six to speed up the process.
He said, “We have created two more units that will reach six units at the center. At headquarters, we now have eight registration centers. We are doing our best to ensure that more people who are willing to register will be caught. We offer the likes of young people. We are registering many of them who want to be kidnapped. ”