Following the forthcoming voters registration organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission across the country, stakeholders in government and community leaders have been urged to embark on massive mobilization of eligible voters for the exercise.
The Commissioner in-charge of Planning, Research and Statistics in AKISIEC, Obong Ekerete John Ekerete who gave the advocacy recently in a chat with this reporter at his resident, however stressed the need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders across board to go to the nooks and crannies of the grassroots to mobilize and sensitize the people to be part of the exercise.
Speaking further, the honourable commissioner emphasized that by so doing, the State and her various political units would stand a chance of either retaining and/ or surpassing her previous voting strength, as one of the states with major voting strength in the country.
The erudite commissioner recalled with nostalgia the gallant effort of some of the political stakeholders during last voter registration exercise, given kudos especially to Senator Godswil Akpabio for what he described as ‘his pragmatic foresight in mobilizing his men to work ‘, and advised the State Chief Executive among other stakeholders to follow suit in the same direction for the general good of the state.
He charged the INEC officials mandated for the exercise to endeavor going to the hinterlands for proper registration rather than station at metropolitan areas, stressing that, such move would not argur well with the state as it would amount to massive disenfranchisement.
Meanwhile, the exercise is billed to begin from Monday 10th April, 2017 across the country.
By Kendi JUMBO