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Natasha tells INEC to open portals for continuous registration, says people turns 18 daily



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Kogi politician and governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2019 election, Barr. Natasha Akpoti has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to open its portals for continuous registration, saying, people turns 18 years daily.

She said INEC and President Muhammadu Buhari should allow continuous registration of voters and electronic form of voting as a way of ensuring free and fair election in Nigeria.

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Akpoti who was tracked while granting an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday by our reporter also expressed satisfaction over the demands of the Nigerian youths, saying that their demands on good governance was legitimate.

Asked on her perspective on the EndSARS, she said:

“It is really heart-warming. Since our democracy picked up, we have never had this much uproar of young people trying to take charge of their destinies.”

Natasha Akpoti insisted that electoral process must be followed to achieve the yearnings of good governance.

“Words alone won’t make an election successful and you must go through an electoral process to emerge as a leader before you can hold a pen and the mantle of authority to determine what your future will become.”

Reacting to the trending topic of ‘get your pvc’, Akpoti urged the election regulating body, INEC, to open its portal for a continuous registration.

“What stops INEC from opening it’s portal for continuous registration. Everyday people turn 18,” she said.

“We are tired of this ballot stuffing and electoral malpractices. If we don’t have electronic voting, that will actually damping the dream we have,” Akpoti said citing cases of ballot snatching, thuggery, and vote buying as factors against credible polls.

On EndSARS, she suggested that the protesting youths would have organised their leadership, saying that the lacks of leadership was the undoing of the group which eventually led to catastrophy.

She however added that thereby hope for Nigeria as the youth could come out at another time for peaceful and legitimate demands for good governance.

“By and large, I believe there is going to be a change of narrative and I am ready to be part of the young people. Myself I am tired of this godfatherism, expensive way of politicking, no matter how sound your ideas are, it never really matters because the winners are always determined even before the election,” she said.

Akpoti believes good governance would make the nation’s economy better while she contested for Kogi State governorship in the last election without success.

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