As the Ward to Ward Voters Registration Exercise continues in the country, the Senior Special Assistant to the A’Ibom State Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Elder Ufot Ebong has called on all Tertiary Institutions in the State to make PVC compulsory for all students as well as encourage their students of voting age to take advantage of the ongoing registration to secure their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
Elder Ebong stated this on Tuesday while addressing newsmen at Obot Akara Local Government, shortly after mobilising youths in his Ward to enroll in the Continuous Voter’s Registration exercise.
He maintained that electioneering is an act of civic education as embedded in the school curriculum adding that tertiary institutions across the state should strategize to ensure that all students are registered before the end of the Exercise. He also appealed to Students to avail themselves of the opportunity and also broaden the Sensitisation exercise.
“So it is very important we try as much as possible to mobilise our students to ensure they go out enmasse and get registered, because the students are the youths and they empopulate the voter’s strength. They must be made to understand that their vote is their power and without the PVC, they cannot vote or be part of decision making in the country.
“And you know in 2019, all votes will count, so we want to make sure that all our youths including students of voting age are fully registered in order to participate in the elections”, he said.
While enumerating other benefits of the enrollment, Elder Ebong described the Permanent Voters Card as an asset, which gives access to other privileges, and said the Sensitisation exercise should be compulsory in all tertiary institutions in the State and beyond.
The Governor’s Aide used the opportunity to called on Heads of Departments, Deans of Faculties and Students Leaders to wake up and champion the Sensitisation exercise to ensure their people of voting age are all registered and credible to vote in the coming elections.