As the exercise for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) closes tomorrow August 31, 2018, prospective voters in Ondo State have been rushing to their various registration centres to get registered and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of the 2019 general election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had extended the the registration exercise till August 31 following intense pressure from members of the public mostly from the Civil Society Organisations. LEADERSHIP visited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Akure South local government office on Oda road in Akure, on Wednesday and reported that eligible voters are trooping out to register en masse.
It was gathered that many eligible voters in the state capital, Akure are trooping to the registration centre for their continuous registration exercise which usually start around 9 am and ends by 6:30 pm.
The announcement of a deadline by the INEC forced many prospective voters in the state who had hitherto given up hope, to come out and registered. Some potential voters who spoke with LEADERSHIP said that they decided to come out to register in order to beat the tomorrow (Friday) deadline and participate in the electoral process of the country. They complained about the hurdle in getting register for the exercise at the INEC office noting that there was the need for proper ordliness among the prospective voters at the registration centres. Meanwhile, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared today as a work-free day for civil servants in Ondo state to enable them take part in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise. Mr Akeredolu in a broadcast message aired on the state owned broadcasting station, Ondo State RadioVision Corporation (OSRC) said that the purpose was allow the government workers who have not register to do so before its closure. The governor added that it would also allow the government workers who have registered before get their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) ahead of the expiration of the exercise. He, however, asked the chairmen in all the eighteen local government areas of the state to “mobilise” the people from the grassroots to get register for the exercise.
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