Voters registration exercise: PDP tasks INEC on neutrality

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As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commences its continuous voters registration exercise nationwide today, the National Caretaker Committee (NCC), of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the chairmanship of Senator Ahmed Makarfi has tasked the commission to remain neutral, independent and unbiased during the exercise. The NCC of the PDP further enjoined the electoral umpire to allow all potential voters in the 774 local government areas in the country, irrespective of their political leaning, gender, tribe or religion, to participate in the forthcoming Continuous Voters Registration Exercise. The NCC, in a statement on Wednesday by its national publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, insisted that the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC must avoid a repeat of the 2014 episode where majority of Nigerians were disenfranchised. The commission, it advised, should allow the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) evenly to all zones of the federation. It called on all its members, supporters, leaders and stakeholders at all levels to mobilize people in their locality to participate in this all-important exercise, saying, “the revolution for genuine ‘change’ begins now. Register, collect and protect your PVC for 2019.” The national caretaker committee, in its statement said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced the commencement of Voters Registration Exercise nationwide beginning from Thursday, April 27, 2017 “We urge all citizens who did not register in the last exercise especially, those that have turned 18 years to come out enmass and register to vote and be voted for in the 2019 General Elections. Your registration is your power to vote, so take responsibility now. “We want to inform Nigerians that this is an opportunity for those who are suffering and undergoing the suffocating hardship, poverty, hunger, comatose economy, insecurity, crass ineptitude, gagging of the press and opposition leaders and members, and more atrocities; to get registered in order to vote out this none performing All Progressive Congress (APC) led Administration at all levels. “We enjoin INEC to remain neutral, independent and unbiased and allow all potential voters in the 774 local government areas in the country irrespective of their political leaning, gender, tribe or religion to participate in the forthcoming Continous Voters Registration Exercise. “We insist that INEC must avoid a repeat of the 2014 episode where majority of Nigerians were disenfranchised. The Commission should allow the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) evenly to all zones of the Federation. “Finally, we are calling on all our members, teeming supporters, leaders and stakeholders at all levels to mobilize people in their locality to participate in this all-important exercise. The revolution for genuine ‘change’ begins now. Register, collect and protect your PVC for 2019,” it said.

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