Sokoto and adamawa declares holiday for Voters card Registration

 The Adamawa State Government has declared two days as work-free days to allow civil servants who are without Permanent Voter Cards to go get their PVCs.

A statement by the state’s Head of Civil Service, Dr. Edgar Amos, said Thursday and Friday have been approved as work-free days to allow those who have yet to register as voters to do so and also collect their PVCs.

The statement read, “The Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, has declared Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 work-free days, to enable workers who are yet to obtain their permanent voter card to do so before the deadline date of July 31, 2022, when the exercise will be halted by the Independent National Electoral Commission until after the 2023 general elections.”

The statement further warned that PVC will be a major consideration in the enrolment of children in schools, access to treatment in hospitals and clinics, and the exercise of certain rights and privileges in the state.

In the same vein, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal,  also on Wednesday declared Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, 2022 work-free days for workers across the state.

According to a press statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello, the two days declared are in order to allow members of the public and public servants in the state to fully participate in the ongoing voter registration.

“Equally, the break is also to allow local government chairmen and their councillors as well as the teeming workers to go out for mobilisation and sensitisation of eligible voters to go out and register as well as collect their Permanent Voter Cards in the state in order to be part of the upcoming general elections in the country,” the statement read.

2.3 million registered

Meanwhile, the National Commissioner in charge of North East for INEC, Dr. Baba Bila, has said that 2.3 million voters have registered in the ongoing voters’ registration in the North East.

Bila disclosed this to journalists after an inspection tour of the registration centres in some local government areas in Adamawa State.

Bila said, “The conduct of the CVR exercise, I will say is successful in the North East when compared to other geographical zones in the country.

“The exercise in Adamawa has gone on very well, recording large turnout of citizens who want to register to vote in 2023.

“However, my candid advice is for the people to stop double registration because it is not going to be useful to them, because those who run afoul of this will be weeded out eventually.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Adamawa State, Kassim Geidam, who accompanied the National Commissioner during the inspection, assured those who complained of slow registration process that the commission will look into their complaints.

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