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LP seeks fresh voters’ registration

By From Niyi Bello, Akure   |   09 May 2010   |   10:00 pm  
LEADERS of the Labour Party (LP) rose from their 8th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Akure, Ondo State capital, at the weekend with a call on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately commence a fresh and transparent registration of voters in country.

The party said without a credible voters’ register, the expected reform in the country’s electoral system, which the Nigerian public is yearning for, would amount to a total failure because “the current voters’ register is totally dubious and discredited and, therefore, incapable of being relied on for credible elections in the nation”.

In a statement by the LP’s National Chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu and Secretary, Alhaji Abdusalam Abdukardir Salam, the party enjoined President Jonathan to ensure that electoral reforms, which must ensure that credible polls are conducted on the basis of one person, one valid vote, are put in place.

The party also lauded the recent sack of the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu, saying his leadership was characterised by manipulation of votes and fraud in the announcement of winners of elections.

According to the statement, the LP further said it noted with “immense satisfaction and pride the actions and activities of Ondo State government led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko in uplifting the state to an enviable position. It acknowledged the all-round socio-economic growth and development taking place all over the state.

The LP’s NEC equally threw its weight behind the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) in their agitation for the payment of minimum wage of N52,200 for workers in the nation.

While assuring that the LP would be consciously re-positioned by aggressive drive to further expand its membership base in all states of the federation, NEC resolved that the party’s congresses in all wards, local councils and states be held and concluded in August 2010 based on the approved guidelines issued by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

Mimiko had earlier set an agenda for the meeting when at the opening ceremony last Thursday, he reiterated his earlier calls for credible elections in Nigeria, saying: “Before we do anything, we must first ensure that the votes of the electorate count”.

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