The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Rivers State chapter, led by the chairman and Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Allwell Ihunda JP stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state to protest against the commission’s deliberate attempt to disenfranchise eligible voters in the ongoing continuous voters registration exercise.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Allwell Ihunda frowned at the situation were the commission sent out only one machine to each of the twenty three local government areas to cover the entire exercise, also continued failure of the machine in all centers across the state.
The Mayor vows to resist any plot by INEC in whatever guise to depopulate eligible voters in the state ahead of the 2023 elections.
“This is a trick, a tactics to rig the 2023 elections and we wont accept it. How can only one machine be use to register voters in a particular unit of over thousands of interested voters who want to exercise their legal right?
“We will continue to resist any attempt by the INEC to cause issues ahead of the 2023 general elections”, he said.
Ihunda admonished the commission to jettison any act that will jeopardize the current exercise.
He demanded the upgrading of the server in the next seven days to adequately capture the eligible voting population in the state, also the immediate deployment of more staff, materials and machines to the various wards, instead of limiting their presence to the local government headquarters alone.
“In terms of voting population in the country, Lagos State, Kano State and Rivers State rank topmost, in fact Rivers State is the political powerhouse of the South South.
“We will resist any deliberate attempt by INEC to depopulate eligible voters in Rivers State ahead of the 2023 General elections”, Allwell Ihunda said.