The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commended Enugu State government on the success the state has recorded so far, noting that Enugu is third among states with highest number of registered voters in the continuing exercise that rounds off on Friday, August 31.
The commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, gave the commendation in Enugu while speaking at the “People and Power Conference” organized by the African Heritage Institution, Enugu, in collaboration with FLED International Leadership Institute, Abuja.
Enugu State, according to him, has registered more than Kano State, and is behind only Lagos and Rivers. He said it was the first time that eligible voters would be turning out enmasse to register in Enugu State and the entire South-East.
Ononamadu however frowned at some registered voters who had yet to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), appealing to them to do so. “The commission has more than 200, 000 PVCs awaiting collection in Enugu State. All necessary measures haVE been put in place to enable registered residents collect their PVCs without hitch,” he said.
He explained that the suspension of the Continuous Voters Registration would not affect the collection of PVCs, adding that “collection of PVC continues up to one week to the 2019 general elections proper”.
The guest speaker at the occasion and zonal director of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Mr. Ike Okere, spoke on “The Rights, Limitations of Citizens to Protect Their Votes”, and noted that political developments in Nigeria have been blighted by the “cowardice of the political elite”. “People are poor and any poor person can easily be manipulated,” he added.
Earlier, the executive-director of Afriheritage, Professor Ufo Okeke-Uzodike, in his opening speech dwelt on why the people should participate in politics.
“Politics is our collective responsibility. We must put more emphasis on issues that deal with politics,” he said, urging eligible voters to register, get their Permanent Voters Cards and cast their votes during the elections.