OSUN State government has declared Monday, April 16 a work-free day for workers in the state, with a view to providing ample opportunity for eligible voters to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR), being undertaken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The work-free day was also aimed at creating time for eligible voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) so that they can perform their civic responsibility during the 2018 and 2019 elections.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Obawale Samson Adebisi, which was made available to journalists in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Thursday.
According to the release, “voters registration and collection of PVCs are important and strategic to the electoral process and has the capability of strengthening democratic governance.
Voter registration helps to facilitate the credibility of the electoral process and democratic governance and that is why the government found it imperative to create ample opportunity by declaring Monday a work-free day which is the last day for the eligible voters to register”.
It reads thus, “the state government passionately urge the people to go out and register in the remaining days, while those who have lost or defaced their cards can register afresh but should guard against registering twice as each person is only allowed to register once”.
“Since the continuous voter’s registration (CRV) is periodic, the government of the state of Osun, therefore, considers it as imperative to dedicate a day for fresh potential voters to register for their voter card and for those that had registered to collect their PVC to enable them to exercise their franchise on election day.”
“All residents of the state who are 18 years and above and are enjoined to go to the nearest registration centre in their areas to register their names for voter card”.
– Nigerian Tribune