Ensure you register to vote, EARCOM Boss urges Akwa Ibom people

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Ensure you register to vote, EARCOM Boss urges Akwa Ibom people

Osondu Ahirika

Chairman of the Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission, EARCOM, Akwa Ibom State, Dr Dorothy Thompson, yesterday called on Akwa Ibom people to turn out in large numbers to register to vote.

In a statement by Dr Thompson, made available to our newsroom, she noted that, “the future of our country lies in the hands of the citizens as the power to shape our future is entrenched in our rights to vote.”

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Dr Thompson stated that, as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  has said it will commence a nationwide continuous voter registration on June 28 across the 774 Local Government Areas of the federation, eligible adults who are yet to register and those who have attained voting age should ensure they go out and register so that, they can exercise their civic rights to vote in the next election.

The EARCOM Chairman harped that, the registration exercise will be carried out continuously, according to INEC,  for over a year until the third quarter of 2022, and charged responsible citizens of the State to participate in the exercise.

Dr Thompson explained that, the voter’s card is the most important tool to shape our destiny as a nation right now, adding that, we can complain as much as we want about bad governance but those words cannot be counted  during elections.

She maintained that, while “Talk is cheap, voting is free;  and citizens can translate their talk to positively change the course of the nation by taking their Voter cards to the polls.”

While warning that, staying indifferent to the extent of losing the opportunity to get registered to vote is dangerous for our future. Quoting former US President Barack Obama, the EARCOM boss observed that,

“The consequences of anybody here, not turning out and doing everything you can to get your friends, neighbors, family to turn out, the consequences of you staying home would be profoundly dangerous to this country, to our democracy.”

She therefore said her Commission will vigorously mobilize citizens  to go get their voters card and encourage people to bring their friends and relatives who dont have have the PVCs to turn out to and get registered.

Dr Thompson stressed that, those who want to register should follow the online portal and register for voter cards rather than waiting in line for long periods of time at the INEC office and should visit www.cvr.inec.gov.ng or www.cvr.inecnigeria.org on their phones and computers.

She disclosed that, registrants on visiting the portal should create an account with a valid email address to begin the registration.

A link will be sent to your email during registration. Click on the link to continue with your registration and they fill the online form with the relevant information and avoid mistakes.

Afterwards, the registrant should visit the INEC office for biometric data capture after submitting the application and generating an application slip with an ID number and barcode which will appear on your screen.

The applicant should thereafter print the application slip and visit the INEC office on your scheduled date for data capture, after which a registration slip will be issued to the applicant which will be kept and presented to collect your permanent voter’s card.

The EARCOM boss also called on all young Nigerians of voting age to see the next round of election as a test of the strength of their numbers, adding that, if they pull the advantage of their numbers and vote massively in the polls, they will most definitely determine the political colouration of the country being the most crucial voting bloc.

Dr Thompson said EARCOM will also help to sensitize the masses to identify and support candidates that will sustain the peace, industrial revolution and socio economic growth Governor I

Udom Emmanuel has so far accomplished in the State.

She sued for total citizens support for the Completion Agenda of the governor and prayers for the success of not only the INEC Voter registration but the next elections in the State and the country.