WRITTEN BY PAUL EZEOKE
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says it will commence the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards to newly registered voters, in the first week of May.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, disclosed this during the official inauguration of voter registration and sensitization programme, organized by the Nigeria Intervention Movement in Awka.
Dr Orji who spoke through the State Director of Voter Education of the Commission Mr Leo Ikedife, said the voter registration exercise would end sixty days before the general elections while the commission has created special intervention centres in Local Government aretas and tertiary institutions to give eligible voters easy access for registration as INEC is determined to carry out all aspects of the election timetable as stipulated.
He stated that the Commission is collaborating with other agencies, Non-governmental Organizations and other critical stakeholders in the electoral process, to achieve the desired results.
In a speech, the State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Mr Charles Nworji, represented by Dr Dennis Ekemezie, said voter registration is fundamental to the success and creditability of any election.
Mr Nworji, enjoined political parties to encourage the electorate to have confidence in the electoral processes by delivering on campaign promises, while INEC should live up to expectation by consolidating on the successes already recorded.
The State Chairman of the Association of Persons Living with Disabilities, Mr Lawrence Nwanolue assured that they would sustain efforts towards mobilizing their members to participate actively in the electoral processes and urged political parties to create a wing for people with disability.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the Movement, Prince Chris Azor, said they are working to encourage and mobilize people for greater participation in politics.
According to Prince Azor, the movement provides viable platform for collective action that would hold leaders accountable on election promises as part of measures to promote good governance across the country.
The Chairman on the occasion and State Chairman of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu, called for collective efforts by all stakeholders towards mobilizing the electorate for future elections to ensure that credible candidates emerge as winners.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS