From. Sadiq abubakar Maiduguri
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to extend the period of PVCs distribution and CVRs exercises in borno state following the delay and absence of registration materials and PVCs in some polling units in the two designates Local government councils, MMC and Jere LGA as well as some IDPs Camps in the state capital Maiduguri.
The General Manager of the BRTV Maiduguri Alhaji Babakura Abba Jato who made the call yesterday while speaking with newsmen also argued that INEC as a matter of importance should reconsider the circumstances surrounding the successive displacements of residents of Maiduguri and those from other towns and villages of the Borno state.
According to him, , to extend periods of distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs) and continuous registration in the state will go along way in those who yet to collect their PVCs collect them and those who are yet to register get registered for the elections.
The GM who is also the Sole Administrator of the Borno Radio and Television stations (BRTV) called on INEC to extend the ongoing distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs) and continuous registration so as to enable those who have reached voting age to register.
“Having those who haven’t registered for one reason or the other, such an extent ion will enable them to register. And with the continual displacements of people from their villages, Borno state deserves to be given a special attention and treatment by INEC,” Abba-Jato said.
He noted that though the extention was not being advocated only in Borno but in some parts of the country, and that will give more Nigerians the opportunity to exercise their civic responsibilities and give credibility to the forthcoming general elections.
The Borno media stations boss, who also spoke during a meeting with members of Borno Unity Forum, said all clubs and associations in the state, have enormous responsibilities to perform by enlightening not only their members but all eligible voters to come out to register or obtain their PVC.