The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of his Administration’s readiness to partner with it to sensitize residents to come forward to collect their Personal Voters Cards (PVCs).
According to the Minister, Abuja is prepared to showcase Nigeria’s Democratic testimonials to the world in all elections. This the Minister, noted is because of its strategic position as the Federal Capital Territory and consequently the window unto the rest of the country from the outside world.
The FCT Minister made this declaration when he welcomed the newly appointed FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alh. Yahaya Bello, when the later paid him a courtesy call to his office, today, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
The FCT Minister, who was represented at the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, assured the Electoral Commissioner that the Administration is willing to collaborate with the Commission to sensitise the populace on the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration Exercise.
His words, “we are going to work with all the stakeholders: the Area Councils, Traditional Rulers as well as faith-based and community organizations to ensure that people take advantage of the ongoing exercise to register, in order to be able to vote in the forthcoming elections.”
The FCT Administration, he said, is committed to ensuring that there is effective voter education to check apathy as well as adequate security for the purpose of delivering free, fair and peaceful elections when the time comes.
To this effect, the Permanent Secretary assured the REC that the Administration would do all that is necessary to mobilize the residents to go and collect their PVCs and to prepare to participate in the actual voting process when the time comes.
Earlier in his briefing, the new REC Alh. Yahaya Bello, said he came to signify his arrival to assume office in the FCT. He revealed that FCT electorate, from what had has observed since his assumption of office have demonstrated clear enthusiasm towards the forthcoming polls. According to him, new persons, especially those who have just attained the voting age of 18 as well as people coming for transfers have been coming forward to register.
Alh. Bello however lamented that the Commission still has many uncollected PVCs (a backlog of over 246,000 arising from the 2011, 2014 and 2016 exercises) and called on the residents to come forward to collect these cards in order to be able to perform their civic obligations.
The REC, while commending the FCT Administration for their past support, appealed for greater collaboration in the coming years, especially towards mobilising the citizenry to use the opportunity of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration Exercise to register for the elections.
Alh. Yahaya Bello until his appointment as new FCT REC was a former Commissioner of Information in Plateau State and former Regional Manager North of the Daily Times of Nigeria.
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