Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Gowon Estate CDA shuts shop over tearing of INEC’s displayed voters’ list

Gowon Estate Community Development Association (CDA) in Lagos on Tuesday shut a shop for two weeks over the owner’s alleged tearing of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Voters registration lists.

The shop is located at the 411/41 road junction in the estate.

The spot is marked Polling Unit 08 of Ward H Alimosho West in the Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The list contains the registration for the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) in the polling unit.

Mr Nathaniel Okoro, the Chairman of Gowon North CDA, told NAN that the residents decided to lock up the shop to serve as deterrent to others who might want to indulge in similar acts.

Okoro said the act of the shop owner (names withheld) was to distort the process of the voters’ card distribution to enable eligible voters to perform their civic responsibility.

“The list was pasted on Saturday for eligible voters to check their names for a seamless collection of their permanent voters’ cards."

“This act is bad, the owner of the shop should have been patient for members of the community to look into the matter and resolve it."

“It is bad of the owner to tear the list meant for the community to exercise their voting right."

“It is wrong also of her to tamper with the list meant for the good of the community; she should not have taken the laws into her hands."

“The penalty is that the community resolved to lock up the shop and it will not be opened until the end of the exercise,’’ Okoro said.

He said that the community would not hesitate to inform the police if the owner should react otherwise.

The chairman, however, said the shop owner was not around when the list was pasted.

He said the torn lists did not have duplicates and that registered voters had been finding it difficult to know whether their PVCs were ready or not.

Okoro urged residents to exercise patience whenever things were not favourable to them.

He said that if the owner had been patient enough, the community would have carefully removed the lists or make photocopies to paste somewhere else.

Efforts to speak with the shop owner proved abortive as no one could give any clue of her whereabouts.