By Richard P. Ngbokai, Kano
Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in partnership with other development partners in Kano state have staged a voter sensitization rally on Friday, urging Nigerians of voting age to obtain their voter’s cards so as to be able to exercise their franchise come 2019 general elections.
The centre had earlier decried voter apathy in the last local government elections across the state, blaming the poor turnout at the voting points partly on inability of some voters to trace their permanent voter’s cards since after the 2015 general elections.
CITAD and its partners emphasised the need for everybody from 18years and above who has not obtained the card before to visit the nearest INEC office to register and obtain his or her voter’s card before the electoral body closes registration.
Addressing the press shortly after the procession, CITAD’s Research and Communications Officer, Hamza Ibrahim warned against double registration, stressing that the chance provided by the INEC is for those who have just attended the age of 18.
“For those who have relocated from their places of registration, or their voter’s card got missing or damaged INEC has made a provision for an incident form for that person to fill so that another card should be issued to that person. He or she doesn’t necessarily need to go and register again. We don’t encourage people to secure this voters card twice’’ Hamza said, stressing that obtaining more than one voters card is a punishable offence before the law.