Nigerians Don’t Need To Register To Vote – Human Right Activist
A human right activist, David Hundeyin has said that constitutional democracy allows people to vote without registering for the exercise.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has till end of June, 2022 to stop the registration for the 2023 elections, although a human right body, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP) has approached the court to stop INEC from ending the registration.
“Nobody should have to “register” to vote in a constitutional democracy. Voting is a core right of citizenship, like freedom of speech and freedom of movement. To subject it to a secondary process is to take away a constitutional right. This thing needs to go to court. TODAY.”
Nigerians have been concerned by the ultimatum given by the electoral commission as many were reported not to have their voter’s cards, which added to the fear of voters’ apathy ahead of the coming general elections.