Residents of Wushishi Community in the Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State have raised the alarm that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were demanding payment of N200 from the community members to be captured in the Permanent Voter Card registration.
It was leant that the INEC officials were demanding N200 from everyone who approached the registration centre.
The officials, it was learnt, explained that the money was to buy fuel to power the generator being used for the exercise.
Northern City News gathered on Thursday that the residents were compelled to pay for the powering of the generator and the machines or they would forfeit their registration.
One of the residents, Mohammed Gambo, told our correspondent that he paid for four people from his community so that they would not be disenfranchised.
“I am surprised that INEC officials in our area are collecting N200 from residents before they could be captured which is against the electoral law. They told us when they started this registration that all the materials needed for it were intact.”
Gambo added that a lot of people left in anger.
“They said the 2019 elections should go to hell. Of what benefit is it to the community when we don’t have good roads, potable water and power supply? So, why are we stressing ourselves?” Gambo said.
Another resident, Isah Ibrahim, complained that the some of the INEC officers in Wushishi were not friendly and could not explain to the people why they should pay before being