30th March, 2011
Political leaders and Baale of Ilaje community in BarigaÂ Local Council DevelopmentÂ Area of Lagos State, Kayode Ayetiwa, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral CommissionÂ (INEC) to provide alternativeÂ voter registration cardsÂ for residents of the area whose homes were razed by fire recently.
A member of theÂ Lagos State HouseÂ of Assembly, Rotimi Abiru; Chairman of Bariga LCDA, Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon; ACN House of Representatives candidate in the April election, Deji Jakande and the traditional ruler made the call when the state government, in collaboration with the politicians and the council, presented some relief materials to the Baale for onward distribution to the affected victims.
Relief items given out included 100 mattresses and blankets, 500 T-shirts and N3 million cash.
According to them, the fire razed down about 65 houses, homes to more than 2,000 registered voters, while properties as well as their voter cards were lost to the inferno.
If INEC does not provide them with alternative cards, through no fault of theirs, they would be disenfranchised.
â€œWe have appealed to INEC to issue them with duplicates of the voter cards so that they can participate in the forthcoming election. Incidentally this is a densely populated area and we have about 2,000 registered voters here. It will not be in our interest if their cards are not retrieved and they donâ€™t participate in the elections.
â€œSo I am appealing to INEC to quicken the process of issuing duplicate voter cards to the people of this community so that they can perform their civic rights,â€ Abiru said.