By Sam Obinna Ibe
Abia Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Joseph Iloh, has charged the electorate to maximise the gains of the ongoing registration exercise and be captured, noting that those without the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) would not be allowed to vote in the 2019 general election.
Th e REC stated this in Umuahia, while fi elding questions from Blueprint on the progress made so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the bid to capture those who were yet to be registered.
Iloh told our reporter that, as at 22nd September, the newly registered voters stood at 50,232, representing 1.
8 per cent, which he said was far from is not encouraging.
He further disclosed that their target was to capture 2million voters in the state, while calling on critical stakeholders to mobilise their people to step up the registration exercise.
Iloh appealed to politicians, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, churches, heads of trade unions to mobilise their members to come forward and register, in order to be able vote in 2019.
He maintained that that the exercise was moving on smoothly in the state and that critical stakeholders should help INEC to deliver by mobilising those who have not registered before, those who just turned 18, those whose voters got lost and those who relocated to where they were originally registered, to avail themselves the opportunity to register in order to exercise their voting rights come 2019.
He noted that he had visited all the 17 local government areas of the state in order to underscore the importance of the registration exercise.
He pointed out that the major challenge facing the commission was that some LGAs were very far away from where INEC capturing machines were located in the council areas.
Some of those local governments include: Arochukwu,Ukwa East, and Isuikwuato, stressing that the Commission was working very hard to ensure that nobody was disenfranchised as a result of distance to INEC centres