- Monday, April 16, has been declared as a public holiday by the Osun state government
- The holiday is meant to enable residents register with INEC and collect their PVC’s for 2019
- The government took the measure bearing in mind that the Continuous Voter Registration exercise ends on Monday
The Rauf Aregbesola-led Osun state government has declared Monday, April 16, as a public holiday to enable eligible voters take part in the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise, Channels reports.
The development was made public by the state’s commissioner for information and strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, in a statement released on Sunday, April 15.
NAIJ.com notes that the holiday would provide an opportunity for them to register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) which they would use to cast their votes during the 2019 elections.
The commissioner pointed out that Monday is the last day for the voter registration exercise as declared by INEC; and appealed to residents older than 18 years of age to take part.
He stated: “Voter registration and collection of PVC’s are important and strategic to the electoral process and have 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.
“A voter that has left his or her former residential area should approach INEC office in his or her new area for transfer of voter card to enable him or her vote in the new residing area."
Baderinwa warned residents to desist from double registration, but implored those who’s PVC’s had been defaced or lost to go to the INEC registration centres in their various areas and register afresh.
In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission, Lagos state, said it had registered 319,106 new eligible voters in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise.
The resident electoral commissioner in the state, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in Lagos. Olumekun said over 21,991 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), were distributed during the first quarter of the CVR exercise in 2018.
He added that 27,103 transfer cases were attended to and 43,116 cards were replaced in the state since the exercise started in 2017.
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