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Election Registration Process

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Come April, 2011, Nigeria will be having another democratic election. Voters registration process as regards the forthcoming election has began with 132,000 Direct Data Capture Machines imported for this process. This is the first time since independent that the Direct Data Capture (DDC) machine is used in Nigeria to ensure a free and fair election. Many citizens are excited at this new process which captures one's data and photo. There have been a huge challenge using the machines which have resulted to improper training of those engaged to handle the process. There have been stories of those rejected by the machine or malfunction of the machine. I wonder why they were not well trained despite the huge amount of money released for this election.

Many Nigerians are so eager to register for various reason. Some wants to exercise their civic rights while most parents believes that government may require the card to enrol their children n school and they just want to register to have the voters registration card. They are not interested to vote because they believe that there vote do not count. To vote is our rights but having it count is what cannot be determine in Nigeria among politicians. Public office in Nigeria is a do-or -die affair, politician do anything to get a chair of their choice. This is why the citizen do not believe in their vote. Also, with the fight outbreak in my community on Sunday, one whose wonder why there should be a fight at the registration centre that even involve the use of cutlass on each other just the poor processes.

There was rumour of another bomb blast that was supposed to be planted in Lagos, Nigeria. Schools have not resume this year because of this rumour to avoid more casualties and stories of kidnapping of children. They may likely resume next week and am sure will stay back home in April till after there is certainty that the environment is peaceful.

The primaries have been peaceful as compare to past elections and look forward to April for the election proper. We really hope it will be a peaceful one without violence which has always been the iced decoration of all elections in Nigeria.

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Emie Zozobrado's picture

Hi Vivian!

Vivian, we just had our national elections last year and now we have a new President. We had our ugly experience of election-related death toll, the most gory of which was the infamous Ampatuan massacre in November 2009 which saw the death of 54 persons, 37 of whom are journalists! But then, yes, while it's true that people have many different reasons to exercise their right of suffrage, we need to remember that our votes - even if it's only your one vote, should count. That's how we are going to seal our nation's destiny, by the leaders we choose. All the best ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

vivian's picture

Hello Dear, Sorry i did not

Hello Dear,

Sorry i did not response to your comment, i thought i did that immediately. election in Nigeria is always bloody but the incumbent president who as the former vice president, he took over after the death of the president. Things seems to look more peaceful this year. I will certainly vote becos every vote counts.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

HARMONY's picture

Hi Vivian

Your post filled me with sadness and hope at the same time.
I reminds me of what is happening in my country Cote d'Ivoire. but at the same time I wish you better ending. We need to build changes in our Coutries.

Thanks for sharing with us! I is well !

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

vivian's picture

Hello Harmony Your country is

Hello Harmony

Your country is really the hit now and that is why everyone in Nigeria is desiring a free and fair election come April 2011. Elections in Nigeria have never been peaceful. Students have not resumed for the year because the leaders are afraid of chaos during the registration. They have been at home and will resume next week. We hope to have it right this time around.

How are you? Hope you are doing fine

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

warona's picture

Hello there

Dear Vivian,

I hope you are fine over there!Chineke!

The IEC, Independent Electoral Commission makes that everything runs well.It prepares well in advance.You know here in Botswana i dont know how i can tell you the manner of the people here. The IEC makes sure in advance that every district is reached and informed about the upcoming elections,those without IDs they are given opprtunity to register for IDs as well the Identity Office is persuaded to quicken their services so that by the time elections arrives no one is left.Rules are well observed.I have never heared of anything like cheating and all.The situation is well controlled.There is nothing like dying,the army men are also engaged as well policemen,they are good friends.They are doing a good job.

HERE WE DONT WANT BLOODSHEDDING AND ALL HUMILIATIONS NO! PEACE REIGNS!

Citizens living abroad are allowed to go to the ballot early so that their votes can be collected and relayed to their constituencies in Botswana to be counted. All our past elections were so smooth.The last one in 2009 i enjoyed them.I remember we were dancing and singing on the roads celebrating the win of our ruling party.Hey the whole country was celebrating.Nobody couldnot sleep.Oh what a joyful moment we had,uhh! I thank God.

Anyway thank you Vivian for being a good citizen of Nigeria. I really like this subject.

I wish all the citizens of Nigeria a successful year as they prepare for the election day on April 2011 .Enjoy yourself my love.

Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thankful

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

vivian's picture

You are lucky to have a

You are lucky to have a planned country with concerned leaders. Elections are not always peaceful here. There are always high crime and violence during election years. There was rumor of another bomb blast in lagos and for this reason. Schools have been closed down so that the registration process can be peaceful without stories. We hope for a peaceful election come April, 2011.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

warona's picture

Oh my dear Vivian

Am so sorry to hear the story that side.You know i thought you are a stable country when it comes to elections.Sorry for such an encounter,i really feel your pain and your restlessness dear.

May this God of us kip you safe,i love you Vivian

Cheers

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Fungai Machirori's picture

Wishing you well!

Vivian, I know the fear and uncertainty that prevails as a nation goes to the polls. I wish you safe and democratic elections.

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

vivian's picture

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for understanding the plight of my people. May your prayers bring peace to Nigeria.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Insha Allah's picture

Good Luck!

Dear Vivian,

Your post is really a touching story for me. It stimulates my thoughts on election processes around the world. My country has just finished its the first and the only one election on the last November 7, after the 1990 election. Since 1990, we were under coup military regime. So we, the whole country hope that 2010 election for a better future. As our people's political culture and the regime have very strong power, we did not any encounter huge crisis during the time. Of course, there are threats to vote for their sponsored parties and annoying to those who support other democratic parties but all are in invisible and unheard ways. So I might say we could hold our election nonviolently. However, there are many wicked cheats by the current power holder and it was not totally free and fair election. So, after the election, we changed into a country ruled by the army men previously to a county ruled by civilian government but the people and the policies do not change. So I wonder, you are now in violent situations and after that will the Nigerians be lucky or not? I want you to achieve a positive change which you want. Good luck!

I am not also happy to hear children cannot go to schools for a long time. It is good to avoid dangers and protect from possible causalities, but staying away from education long is not a good practice for a society, I think.

Good luck sister Vivian and her fellow citizens.

With Love,
Insha Allah

Shwe Wutt Hmon

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