Some residents in Bayelsa on Tuesday, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the seamless conduct of the second stage of the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR), involving biometric data capture.
It would be recalled that INEC Monday, began the nationwide biometric data capture of eligible voters who had earlier commenced the process online, as well as the issuance of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to those who had not collected theirs earlier.
Advocate.ng gathered that the exercise in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa capital, reports that the exercise was being conducted seamlessly at the INEC headquarters in Swami Area of Yenegoa and the Yenegoa Local Government Area (LGA) office of the Commission.
At the Yenegoa LGA INEC office, residents who turned up for the exercise were orderly and took turns to do the biometric data capture.
Mrs. Grace Akenge, 68, said that she was unable to register in previous exercises, but expressed her satisfaction at the manner she was able to complete the present registration process within a few minutes.She added that although she did not start the online process earlier, she was able to complete the exercise in a conducive atmosphere.
Mr. Dennis Ekiotimi, another participant, described the technology-driven approach by INEC as laying a solid foundation for electronic voting in the future.
He observed that the online pre-registration process had effectively reduced crowd congestion in line with COVID-19 protocols, noting that the registration was even easier for those who had commenced the enrollment on the INEC portal because they only waited for a short period to have their fingerprints and image captured.
Also, Samuel Markson told Newsmen that he completed the exercise in less than 30 minutes and gave kudos to the INEC staff for overcoming the challenges that were experienced the day before on Monday.
“I was here yesterday and the officials were weighed down by network issues which delayed the take-off, but the Electoral Officer was up and doing, he went to INEC State headquarters to bring an Engineer who set up and configured the devices.
“They started late yesterday and I opted to come back today to find out that the process is very fast. I appeal to them to sustain the tempo,” Markson said.
Mr. Wilfred Ifogah, INEC’s Head of Voter Education and Public Affairs in Bayelsa said the CRV was going on simultaneously in the state’s eight LGAs, in addition to two Centre’s at the state headquarters.