Indigenes of the riverine communities of Bakassi have begged the Independent National Electoral Commission in Cross River State to use the period of poll shift to fast-track the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards to registered voters in the area.
The indigenes, under the aegis of Bakassi People General Assembly, commended INEC for the extension of the general elections from February 14 to March 28.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the Secretary General of the BPGA, Mr. Eyo Nakanda, the indigenes noted that the window would avail the people the opportunity of securing their PVCs in preparation for exercising their fundamental rights in the forthcoming elections.
He said, “Against this backdrop, we humbly appeal to INEC to ensure rapid distribution to our brothers and sisters in their respective wards in Dayspring 1 and 2 and Kwa Islands.
“We enjoin our people to pursue with relentless vigour and use this open window of extension of the elections to collect their PVCs and subsequently come out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice during the elections.
He noted that the Bakassi people now have, in Dayspring, a befitting town hall donated by its political leader, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, which could accommodate over 200 persons and adequately facilitate the smooth conduct of the elections.
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