The First Lady of Anambra State Nonye Soludo has asked registered voters in Anambra State to follow up on the ongoing Permanent Voter Cards collection ahead of the January 22 deadline.
Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) reports that Soludo made the plea while reacting to the poor turnout of registered voters at designated INEC collection offices in Anambra State.
She implored residents of the state who are yet to collect theirs to see the exercise as their civic responsibility.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began the distribution of PVCs in all the local governments of the Federation on Monday, December 12, 2022, with the exercise expected to end on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
Soludo noted that with the INEC's deadline just a little over two weeks away, and with the general elections around the corner, it is imperative for eligible voters in Anambra State to be fully prepared for the whole exercise.
She pointed out that this year's polls are a very crucial step to the nation's struggling democratic journey.
She further stated that with women occupying the largest voting percentage in Anambra State, she is counting on them to show stronger involvement in the forthcoming elections, assuring them that their votes will count.
The governor's wife also stated that the 2023 general elections call for defiance of unhealthy electoral values like vote buying, vote manipulation and related electoral vices, which have always marred Nigeria's voting environment.
She encouraged women to lead from the front, as the larger number, and and maintain their claim on free, fair and credible elections.
The First Lady also asked INEC and accredited election monitoring bodies in Nigeria, to stay awake to their responsibilities, and also ensure that the 2023 general elections are free, fair and credible.
She urged the electorate to ensure a better and more progressive spread of the process.
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