Low turnout in voters card replacement exercise

Friday, December 22, 2017

Residents in the Upper River Region have not been responding positively to the call for the replacement of voters card exercise.

The nationwide exercise, which is currently underway started on 11 December and would end on 10 January 2018, is aimed at replacing lost, damaged or mutilated voters card to enable holders of such to participate in the forthcoming local government elections.

When this reporter visited the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) office in Mansajang, Basse it was relatively calm.

According to Pa Manka Khan, the IEC information and public affairs officer in the region, the officials are ready and have all the materials in place to conduct the exercise.

He pointed out that the turnout has been very low as people are yet to respond to the call despite the radio announcements they have made at the local radio station.

Some residents this reporter spoke to ascribed the low turnout in the region to the people hosting and participating of NAYCONF.

Others disclosed that many residents in the region are farmers who spend most of their time on their farms harvesting their produce, particularly groundnut and millet.

Meanwhile, majority of the people demanded for more radio announcements and sensitization. 

Author: Bruce Asemota from Basse