By KELVIN OHOROR
Community leaders in Enhwe in Isoko have decried poor network, lack of capturing machines, the slowness of the data capturing machine, and distance of registrants centre as some of the challenges being encountered in the exercise.
These are prevalent, especially in the rural communities of Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. Speaking to The Trumpet Newspaper correspondent, the immediate past assistant secretary of the community and also a member of the community committee of the INEC voters registration exercise Mr. Dominic Emioyo said, “The major challenge is that, only one data capturing machine is available in the whole of Isoko South Local Government Area.
Mr. Emioyo noted, “The Independent Electoral Commission drew a timetable for us, after a period of time the timetable never worked, as of this moment many people who have been pre-registered have not been captured”, he stated. According to him, “The problem is not the pre-registration, the pre-registration is done in various communities while the capturing is in Oleh , INEC office, the capturing is the major challenge Isoko South Local Government Area is having”.
He stated that, if the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) could provide up to five Data Capturing Machines to rotate round Isoko South Local Government Area it would help to reduce the stress registrants are going through at the moment. He also lamented that mobilizing registrants from the community to Oleh for data capturing is stressful, saying that the community is paying much to hire vehicles to convey the people to Oleh.
On his part one of the community leaders , Mr. Emu Ovuede stated that, during the pre-registration the people used their own Android Phones to do the biometric thereafter the community had to convey them to Oleh for data capturing. He also lamented that the major challenge was the poor network from the Independent Electoral Commission portal, which caused a lot of delay and frustration on the part of the people .