By STELLA UKWUOMA
As indigenes of Ekiti State gear up to exercise their ‘ballotic’ right, the gladiators in the state are also on their toes to ensure victory does not elude them in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.
INEC, a major stakeholder in the electioneering process in the country is also not resting on its oars towards ensuring a successful outing come 2018. To this end, the Election Umpire in a statement by Dr. Muslim Omoleke, the Administrative Secretary has disclosed that 35, 909 new voters have been registered.
Omoleke who said the exercise which began on April 27, 2017 has recorded huge success noted that the figure was generated in the June 29, 2017 ongoing continuous-voter registration only and is made up of 18,193 males and 17,716 females.
Aside the newly registered members, 4,154 registered voters are seeking transfer of their voting rights to new locations from within and outside the state while 1,048 permanent voter cards (PVCs) from previous registrations have so far been distributed the Commission averred.
For more efficiency, Omoleke said six new registration centres had been allocated to the state based on returns and agitation for more centres. The centres are: for Ado Ekiti Local Government Area, St. Michael’s Primary School; for Ekiti East Local Government Area, Health Centre, for Ijero Local Government Area, CAC Primary School; for Ikere Local Government Area, Post Office building; for Moba Local Government Area, LA Primary School, and for Oye Local Government Are, St. John Anglican Primary School.
INEC called on yet to be registered eligible voters to visit nearby registration centres to register while commending the state indigenes for their cooperation so far.
The commission’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin released the statement to journalists.