2023: Okowa orders aides to mobilise constituents on CVR exercise

• Says APC fears loss in 2023

Determined to shore up the number of eligible voters come 2023, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed all political appointees to relocate to their constituencies and embark on sensitisation of the people so that those not registered in the last Continuous Voter’s Registration ( CVR) exercise can do so now.

The governor’s directive according to the state commissioner for information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, was informed by the low number of voters in past elections adding that it is important for the aides to mobilise people to have a registered sizeable number of voters.

Addressing a press conference in Asaba on Monday, Mr Aniagwu said many have come of age to vote in the next election, others have changed areas of residence, while some too who lost their cards needed to have their names in the INEC register.

He disclosed that the state media organs have equally been directed to offer probono sensitisation to assist INEC in the mobilisation of people on the current registration.

“Individuals should not stay aloof; they have a say and participation in the registration is one way of participation in governance.

“They need to understand that they play a role in the fortunes of Nigeria. We need to have an electoral process where voters have confidence in election results,” he mentioned.”

Meanwhile, the state has called on the National assembly to ensure that INEC is duly equipped to carry out its roles even as it described the transmission of results electronically which however suffered hiccups at the hand of federal lawmakers as being in the right direction.

Aniagwu told newsmen that those from the state in the National Assembly who voted against the electronic transmission of votes were selfish and do not represent the aspirations of the State.

According to him, ” Delta has continued to re-echo what we want which is entrenching electoral integrity because manipulation in elections would be bypassed through electronic means.

Anyone representing Delta and has voted contrary to electronic transmission has voted selfishly because such is not according to the yearnings and aspiration of Deltans”.

He called on the National Assembly to play its role by signing the amendment of Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) play its role without bias.

He raised eyebrows over notions that the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) is trying to use the electronic transmission for its advantage in the forthcoming 2023 General elections.

“PDP is not INEC, PDP has seen that it is in favour of Nigeria. There has been an abysmal result at the Federal level and they fear they might lose in 2023. That is why APC is playing politics with the progress of our democracy.

“No electoral act has been signed by APC since 2015. Anyone who is not ignorant should know the democratic tenets of Nigeria elections started with PDP.”

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