3rd December, 2014
Gowon Estate Residents Community Development Association (CDA) in Lagos on Tuesday shutdown a shop for two weeks over the owner’s alleged tearing of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) voters registration lists.
The shop is located at the 411/41 road in the estate.
The spot is marked for polling unit 011 of Ward H at the Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
The list contained the registration for the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) in the polling unit.
Mr. Nathaniel Okoro, the Chairman of the Gowon North CDA, explained that residents decided to lock up the shop to serve as deterrent to others who might want to indulge in similar act.
Okoro said that the act of the shop owner (names withheld) was meant to distort the process of the distribution of voters’ card for eligible voters to perform their civic responsibility.
“The list was pasted on Saturday for eligible voters to check for a seamless collection of the permanent voters’ cards.
“This act is bad, the owner of the shop should have been patient for the community to look into the matter and resolve it.
“It is bad for the owner to tear the list meant for the community to exercise their voting right.
“It is wrong of her to tamper with the list meant for the good of the community; she should not have taken laws into her hands.
“The penalty is that the community resolved to lock up the shop and it will not be opened until the end of the exercise,” Okoro said.
He said that the community would not hesitate to inform the police if the owner should react otherwise.
The chairman, however, said that the owner of the shop was not around when the list was pasted.
He said the torn lists did not have the duplicate and that registered voters had been finding it difficult to authenticate whether their PVCs was ready or not.
Okoro urged residents to exercise patience whenever things are not favourable to them.
He said that if the owner had been patient enough, the community would have carefully removed the lists or make photocopies to paste somewhere else.
Efforts to speak with the shop owner proved abortive as no one could give clue of her whereabouts.