Thugs Didn’t Cart Away Our Enrollment Machines -INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Lagos State has denied reports that thugs carted away its voter enrollment machines in Surulere, Lagos State.

Online media reports said thugs invaded a Continuous Voter Registration centre at St. Bridget Catholic Church, ljesha and carted away INEC enrollment machines.

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INEC’s Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Adenike Oriowo, told the News Agency of Nigeria that though the exercise was disrupted because of a surge in those seeking to enroll, no machine was stolen.

Oriowo said: “There were issues in the said CVR centre but orderliness was restored and the exercise continued smoothly.

“We have moved the registration in that centre to another polling unit in the area and our officials have continued with the registration.

“People should be patient. We shall register as many people as possible.

“If people continue to disrupt the process, the opportunity to register more people before the deadline will be interrupted.

“Our commitment is to register as many people as possible and we will try to do so within the limited time.”

Oriowo, who frowned at the last-minute rush by many applicants, said the exercise had been on since June 2021 and many people did not take the advantage, but waited till the deadline.

She said: “As it is, INEC started this process over a year ago.

“The surge we are experiencing in the last few weeks is expected, but people should as well be patient.

“The commission will do everything possible to register as many people as possible.

“We will try as much as possible to capture everybody.”

Oriowo added that INEC had also been monitoring the CVR processes in the state.

The CVR, which commenced in June 2021, would be concluded on July 31, 2022 ahead of the 2023 general elections. NAN.

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