Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the continuous voters’ exercise to enable all willing eligible voters to exercise their franchise.
Governor Mimiko, who was on inspection tour of the exercise in wards 1,3,7, 8,10 and 11 in Ondo, the headquarters of Ondo West local government area of the State in company with the member representing Ondo East/West in the House of Representatives, Hon, Joseph Akinlaja, noted that the number of enthusiastic eligible voters might not be captured within the stipulated time.
He submitted that if INEC wanted to fulfil its ultimate aim of allowing every eligible Nigerian to exercise his or her franchise, the electoral body must extend the time of the exercise.
However, Governor Mimiko expressed happiness at the large turnout of the people in all the areas visited, stressing that the impressive turnout portrayed the enthusiasm of Nigerians to perform their responsibilities inspite of the current challenges facing the nation.
He said “You can see that today being the last day of the exercise, see the number of people still waiting at everywhere I’ve been to, it’s the same story of many young men and women waiting to register to vote”.
“I feel very glad and that shows that inspite of our challenges, there is something good about our democracy that our people are still enthusiastic about. There is no question about the fact that the number of those who are willing to get registered that will not be accommodated within this time frame. So we will continue to plead with INEC to appreciate the fact that extension is very essential. The ultimate aim of INEC is to ensure that every Nigerian that is willing to vote should be given the opportunity”.