The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has urged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to extend voters registration or face legal action.
The group in a letter signed by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, ask INEC to immediately give seven million Nigerians who have carried out their voter registration online the time and opportunity to complete the process, so that they can obtain their permanent voter cards, and exercise their right to vote.
It is recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC disclosed that out of ten million, four hundred and eight-seven thousand, nine hundred and seventy-two Nigerians who carried out their pre-registration online, only three million, four hundred and forty-four thousand, three hundred and seventy-eight completed the process at a physical centre.
Noting that the statistics represent just thirty-two point eight percent, the Socio-Economic group said the failure of the applicants to complete their registration may be due to factors entirely outside of their control, especially given the well-documented challenges faced by many Nigerians at registration centres across the country.
SERAP added that it will appreciate if the recommended measures are taken within seven days of the publication of this letter, noting that if nothing is done within the stipulated time the group will consider legal action against the commission.