Okorocha makes voter registration compulsory in Imo, shuts markets, offices

Posted by News Express | 7 November 2014 | 3,086 times

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Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has decreed that the Continuous Voters’ Registration exercise and collection of Permanent Voters Card scheduled for November 7 – 17 is compulsory for all residents of the state who are of the voting age. He has, therefore, enjoined every eligible Imo indigene and resident to participate in the exercise to be conducted by the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC).

Governor Okorocha gave the directive while addressing executives of the Community Government Councils (CGCs), market associations, artisans, NGOs, as well as religious and traditional leaders in the state at the Imo International Conference Centre, Owerri.

He sensitised the people on the need to participate in the exercise, pointing out that the state government will shut markets and shops till 1pm and declare today work-free day to give everyone an opportunity to be part of the exercise. He warned that communities that fail to register the required number of voters may lose their autonomous status and other benefits.

The governor expressed worry over the marginalisation of Ndigbo, attributing it to the nonchalant attitude of Igbos in matters of national politics. He further regretted that instead of the over 3.5 million population of the state, only about 1.6 million is on record. “We must act quickly under the present dispensation which our ugly situation points to us,” he stressed.

On security, Owelle Okorocha said that the drastic reduction in kidnapping and violent crimes in the state remains the biggest achievement of his government and appealed to politicians to refrain from the use of thugs in order not truncate the existing peace in the state. He equally warned parents to guard their children against involvement in crime as his administration is determined to fish out criminals wherever they may be hiding.

Photo shows Governor Okorocha.

Source: News Express

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