A former member of the National Assembly, Senator Ayo Arise, has called for the extension of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organised continuous votersâ€™ registration exercise in Oye-Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the state.
Besides, Arise, who represented Ekiti North senatorial district between 2007 and 2011, in the Senate, called for the removal of the INEC Electoral Officer for the local government area, Mrs. G.O. Adekanbi, alleging that she was manipulating the registration process in connivance with some functionaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-government in the state.
Arise, in a statement issued yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, which was made available to journalists, pointed out that INEC ought to have made a special provision for Oye-Ekiti because of the increase in population owing to the establishment of a university in the town.
He expressed disappoint-ment with INEC’s handling of the votersâ€™ registration exercise, adding that it was wrong for the commission not to have envisaged an increase in the population of the town.
â€œOye-Ekiti population has increased by over 5,000 since the federal university commenced academic activities and majority of the students of the university must be less than 18 years during the last votersâ€™ registration.
â€œINEC should have known that it would contend with the registration of close to 5,000 new voters in Oye-Ekiti and the commission should have made adequate provision for it.
â€œBut as it is, majority of the students have not been able to register, with some of them having to be lured with money by APC-led government in the state to register in neighbouring towns.
â€œIt is therefore my plea to the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, to extend the votersâ€™ registration in Oye-Ekiti in order to accommodate thousands of students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti who have not registered,â€ Arise said.