As part of effort to boost citizen’s participation in the 2019 General elections, Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has tasked the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to expand the locations of the Continuous Voter Registration to accommodate residents of riverine and other remote areas of Akwa Ibom State.
Governor Emmanuel who made the call when he hosted the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, at Government House, Uyo, was confident that the expansion would ensure that those who may have lacked interest in the exercise due to the distance of registration venues from their locations are accommodated.
The Governor noted that the concentration of the registration at Local Council Headquarters, has made it impossible for a large number of persons in areas far from the locations, to participate in the process, adding that it is pertinent for INEC to ensure accessibility of registration centres to enable potential voters validate their right.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini said that the strategy for credible elections in 2019 had already commenced with the first and second phases of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise, hinting that the third phase would commence by next week.
Mr. Igini said the visit was to formally intimate the leadership of the state on his assumption of official duties in Akwa Ibom, since September