THE governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, applauded the people of Ekiti for showing up in large numbers to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards at the locations specified by the Independent National Electoral Commission today.
Last weekend, Oyebanji declared today a work-free day in an attempt to guarantee that many registered voters received their PVCs in time to participate in the general elections.
The governor stated that the government’s scheduled public holiday was a great success because to the remarkable turnout of voters who came out to collect their voters card.
The governor, who said that collection of PVC was one of the ways to strengthen the country’s electoral system, said no nation experiencing voter apathy could grow and develop, saying “it is good that you have come out in large numbers. It is for your own benefit, but some don’t value it.
“We are moving round so that the purpose for which this holiday was declared will be met and we have no reason to regret, with the population of registrants that we are seeing at all INEC offices that I have visited.
“You all know that voter apathy has always been a serious danger in the country’s elections. And it is an attempt for this government to tackle this problem that the state declared today as a public holiday for our people to collect their PVCs to participate in all elections.
“This year’s elections are very important to us in Ekiti and Southwest and poor interest to vote will not help our course. We also commend the staff of the Independent National Electoral commission for making themselves available for this exercise.
“You should not only collect this PVCs, come out on the day of elections and vote, this is the best way for you and I to build our nation.”