PVC REGISTRATION: CIVIL RIGHT GROUP CALLS FOR EXTENSION
By John Ndu
Awka, Aug. 10, 2018 (MOI) Civil Rights Group, ``Our Mumu Don Do’’, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the ongoing voter registration exercise to December.
INEC recently announced the suspension of the registration on Aug. 17.
The group during a protest, matched to the INEC office, Awka, carrying different placards such as, ``Give INEC money to do their jobs’’, ``My daughter will turn 18 by October, extend to December’’, ``INEC make vote issuance and collection seamless’, ``Our mumu don do’’.
The Coordinator of rights group, Mr Ndubuisi Anaenugwu while addressing newsmen at INEC office, Awka said the protest was to create awareness on the need to extend the voter registration exercise to December.
Anaenugwu notes: ``going by the name, the Continuous Voters Registration exercise (CVR), should be a continuous exercise to allow all and sundry to obtain their PVC’’.
He enjoined federal government to further mobilise INEC to enable them to continue the exercise in a more efficient manner.
Publicity Secretary of the Group, Mr Uzochukwu Okeke and Secretary, Miss Chioma Ifemeludike pointed out that the suspension of the exercise would disenfranchise many citizens who would turn 18 by December.
While condemning the trading of voters' card during elections, the duo observed that many Nigerians were politically conscious to exercise their rights.
The INEC Public Relations Officer, Awka, Mr Leo Ikedife explained that the decision to suspend the registration was to enable INEC to produce voters cards for those earlier registered.
``Before the decision to suspend the exercise, we had series of meetings with stakeholders and groups to explain to them the need for it. It was not a sudden decision.
``We have also extended the registration time from 9am to 5pm daily and at weekends and holidays.
``If we continue with
the registration until December, I can't guarantee that the cards will be ready
for the February elections,’’ INEC PRO added. (MOI)