Voter Registration Nigeria!!
What a Catastrophe!!!
This is such a catastrophe!!! How does INEC expect us Nigerian citizens go out and register to vote? They need to make the Voter Registration Nigeria process bearable. This is a deliberate attempt to strip us of our power as a people. I went to register and vote as a dual citizen of the United States of America and Nigeria. To register and vote in both countries are like night and day. In the United states, we can fill out the form and send it in the mail and receive my voters card in 14-21 days. Here in Nigeria, I went under a tree to find people crowded to discuss with INEC officials who feel they owe us the world for performing our civic duty.
First of all, you have to wake up at 3 a.m. in the morning to put your name on the list. Following, arrive at 8.a.m for your name to be read by the INEC officials by 9.a.m. If you show up at 9 a.m. and your name is not on the list, forget it. Come back tomorrow at the crack of dawn and put your name on the list. When the INEC officials get around to it at 10 a.m, the registration process begins. That is the messed up process we have to go through here in Nigeria to uphold our civic duty.
This is extremely embarrassing. Do expect a trader in the market to leave his or her shop and dwell under a tree just to register? What about a bank teller or corporate executive? Do you expect him or her to leave their office and head over to a hole in the wall waiting all day to register? What is the meaning of this? Why would the government limit funding to INEC to provide facility for Nigerian citizens? This is a deliberate attempt to reduce the number of registered voters to enable looters to continue to suck our country like the vampires they are.
I attended the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, March 2018, a session with INEC. Complaints flooded in with the INEC employees being unscrupulous with citizens. The reality is people have to bribe officials to register with ease. Civil (EVIL) servants thrive in chaos. The scenarios enable them to receive bribe from beneficiaries for ease of service. The INEC National Commissioner mentions a lack of funding for the whole CVR process. This is ludicrous.
I arrived at the voter registration center in a public school under a tree with my husband and brother in law. As I attempted to register, the finger print machine could not capture my finger. The INEC official said I was an “ajebota” because my fingers were too soft. She advised my husband to get rid of the house help so I can do all the chores. So here I am suggesting to my family members to register to vote, could not complete the process. By the way both my husband and brother in law have their temporary cards in their possession lucky them. I was told to return on Monday to attempt this process manually so they can process my registration with my “soft hands”.
In fairness to the INEC officials, they were nice. When I return on Monday, I don’t have to wait in line. Hopefully, the manual machine will be ready for my “ajebota” hands. Change agents “by hook or by crook” we need to register to vote. The power is in our hands!!!
I will continue to monitor my journey from my voter registration experience till I receive my voter’s card. I know the system is messed us but please register to vote. The whole process is repulsive but we need to struggle and take power from these vampires that call themselves our elected officials.