CLO urges INEC to extend CVR registration deadline in Anambra

The Liberties Organisation (CLO) has urged the Independent National Commission (INEC) to extend its Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to accommodate more registrants.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC scheduled to close  the  CVR on Monday to ensure availability of personnel and logistics for processes aimed at a successful Nov. 6 governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of CLO in Anambra, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, told NAN on Monday that the commission should consider extending the exercise, which is the bedrock of participatory democracy, to end of September.

According to Ezekwueme, this is due to inability of prospective registrants to register owing to one or two unforeseen circumstances and delay.

“Worthy of note is that if CVR registration is not extended in Anambra, many citizens will be disfranchised.

is urgent need for INEC to do the needful extending voters registration exercise in Anambra a month.

“Governments at all levels, INEC, National Orientation Agency, society organisations, religious and leaders should redouble their efforts on mobilisation and enlightenment of citizenry on the inexorable need to obtain their voters cards.

“The voter card remains and legitimate weapon to enthrone good governance as well as vote out selfish and corrupt leaders,” he said.

The CLO boss also pleaded contestants, political parties, and politicians to give peace a chance bearing the interest of the state and citizens above their parties and personal interest.

“It is existential reality that for them to actualise this, the game of politics, electioneering campaign before, during and after the election should be in accordance the constitution, act,” he said.

He reiterated the earlier appeal of the organisation to political stakeholders and supporters to shun campaign of acrimony and calumny, name calling, character assassination and casting unsubstantiated aspersions against their opponents.

“Candidates should prepare their mind to accept the irrefutable fact that only one candidate will eventually emerge as winner,” he said. (NAN)