As the September 22 governorship election draws near, the electoral umpire, INEC is getting prepared for the tasks ahead. In order to also ease things for the people of the state, the state government has declared Monday, April 16th, as a work-free day for the formal and the informal workers in the state with the aim of providing opportunity for the eligible voters to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise.
The workers are expected to use the opportunity to either register or collect their Permanent Voter Cards with a view to getting their civic responsibility exercised during the forthcoming guber poll. The government decision was conveyed through a statement issued by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Obawale Samson Adebisi. ‘Voter Registration and the collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) are important and strategic to electoral process and it has the capability of getting democratic governance strengthened. Voter registration helps to facilitate the credibility of the electoral process and democratic governance and that is why the government found it imperative to create opportunity for the state workers by declaring Monday, a work-free day which is the last day for the eligible voters to register. We passionately urge the people to go out and register before the programme ends while those who have lost or defaced their cards can also register afresh but should guard against registering twice as each person is only allowed to register once.
The Continuous Voter Registration that started on Wednesday, April 11 ends on Monday, April 16th’ he said. In recognition of the fact that the continuous voters registration (CRV) is periodic, the state government, according to the commissioner, decided to dedicate a day for the fresh potential voters to register while those that had registered will also collect their PVCs to enable them enjoy voting rights on the election day. ‘All residents of the state who are 18 years and above are enjoined to go to the nearest registration centre and register their names for the voter’s card. A voter that has left his or former residential area should also approach the INEC office in his or her new area for the transfer of the voter’s card to the desired new location. The government urges stakeholders: political, community and religious leaders, Non-Governmental Organization, political and pressure groups to sensitize the people on the need to undergo voter’s registration and also collect their PVCs’, he stated.