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PVC: INEC Urged To Supply More Machines



Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to end the long queues of residents besieging registration centres by providing more registration machines and personnel. Addressing members of a political group, The Mandate Movement at a special meeting to pray and prepare members for the Sallah festival at his residence in Ejigbo, Bamigbetan said the hundreds of enthusiastic citizens mobilized by the group to register are discouraged by the hardship encountered at the centres. He said the hardship was unnecessary and avoidable as more machines and personnel could be deployed to meet the surge that the advocacy for registration has created. “If INEC lacks the funds to purchase more machines, it should seek aid from state and federal agencies which appreciate the importance of this civic responsibility. The members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC can be mobilized as ad-hoc staff. I am appealing to INEC to think outside the box.A situation in which two machines are serving thousands of willing registrants in Ejigbo is certainly advisable,” he said. Bamigbetan also called on the INEC to make use of the over 4,000 community development associations in Lagos State to distribute the millions of cards in its possession.