The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Thursday said its national headquarters had approved the creation of 25 additional centres for Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the state.
Dr Mustapha Mudashiru, the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Mudashiru, who had earlier given a hint of a push for more centres, said the new ones, spread across 13 out of 20 Local Government areas of the state, would become operational from July 3.
“The commission has graciously approved the creation of additional centres for the ongoing CVR exercise in Lagos State.
“We have commenced a two-day training for the officers that will man these newly created centres which will commence by Monday.
“Eligible residents of Lagos should go to these centres to partake in the ongoing registration in order to participate in future elections.
“This will go a long way in reducing crowd at existing centres, because it is one of the challenges we have been facing,” he said.
According to him, the headquarters of the commission gave the approval to further ease the ongoing registration in the state.
He said that the centres were created in Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Alimosho, Eti-Osa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Mushin, Ojo, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu, Surulere, and Lagos Mainland Local Government Areas (LGAs).
NAN reports that the two additional centres for Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA are situated at Ibafon Primary School Wilmer and LA Primary School, Ojoo Road.
The three additional centres for Alimosho LGA are situated at African Church Primary School, Tomia, Alagbado; Millennium Senior Secondary School, Egbeda and St. Andrew Primary School, Ipaja.
In Eti-Osa LGA, the two new centres are at Victoria Island Secondary School and Ikota Primary School, while the only one in Ikorodu LGA is situated at ZI Primary School, Odogunyan.
The two additional centres for Ifako-Ijaiye LGA are situated at Karaole/Anglican Primary School, College Road and Saint Kizito Primary School, Iju.
For Ikeja LGA, the two new centres are situated at St. Peter Anglican Primary School, Alausa and Oke-Ira Primary School, Apata St., while the two centres for Ojo LGA are at LA Primary School Iba and Anglican Primary School, Ijanikin.
The two additional centres for Kosofe are at Agidi Comprehensive High School, Agboyi-Keti and Ikosi High School, Ikosi-Ketu while for Somolu, the only additional centre is at Oke-Meta Primary School, Bajulaye Road.
In Mushin LGA, three additional centres are situated at AUD Primary School, Itire, Saint Martins Primary School, Damengoro Street and Saint Michael Primary School, Abiodun Street.
The two centres for Oshodi-Isolo LGA are situated at Ajumoni Grammar School, Okota and Oba Morufu Primary School, Ejigbo.
Surulere LGA has two additional centres located at Enitan Primary School, Aguda and Akanji Primary School, Surulere.
The INEC boss urged eligible residents to show interest in the exercise to avoid being disenfranchised in future elections.
INEC started the nationwide CVR on April 27 to capture those who attained 18 years of age and others who did not register or those seeking replacement, transfer and others.
The CVR exercise had been limited to INEC offices in the 20 local government areas of the state before the creation of new centres, occasioned by the population of eligible voters in those areas.