By Nwafor Okafor
A large crowd on Saturday thronged to a meeting of stakeholders in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State wherein most of the stakeholders spoke glowingly about Labour Party, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the LP and Senator Victor Umeh, the Anambra Central Senatorial candidate of the Labour Party ( LP).
The meeting which was held at Golden Tulip hostel , Agulu, saw most of the stakeholders commending the giant strikes the LP and its candidates were taking in the 2023 general elections.
They donated large sums of money, vehicles and other things for the success of Labour Party in next year’s elections.
Speaking on the occasion, the Labour Party (LP) Candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District in the 2023 General Elections, Senator Victor Umeh, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend voter’s registration nation-wide for three more months .
He said the extention would enable those that would attained the age of 18 years before next year’s elections to get registered and participate in the polls.
The former APGA national chairman made the called while speaking to journalists at the weekend in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According him, the exention would enable Nigerians who would attain 18 years from July 31st 2022 to get their voters cards and exercise their franchise during the elections.
He said, “I am not opposing the decision of the electoral body but I am only appealing, because the election is February-March, 2023, that is 7-8 months. So there is still time for the process,” Umeh said, while commending INEC for a huge success for the exercises.
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Festus Okoye, had insisted that the commission would close the CVR exercise on July 31st as scheduled.
Okoye, who disclosed this while interacting with journalists in Awka, noted that the CVR would be brought to an in order to enable them carry on with their other constitutional responsibilities.
Okoye added that the commission would at the end of the exercise scrutinise the voters registers to clean up possible incidents of multiple registrations, print the various permanent voters cards (PVC), display voters’ registers across the 774 local government areas and polling units, among other activities.
He said the commission would make available the PVCs for those who registered or carried out voter’s transfers between January to June 2022 on October 2022, while those who enrolled between July 1st to July 31st 2022 would receive theirs by November 2022, at various local government offices of INEC.
Okoye commended stakeholders in Anambra State for supporting the commission throughout the period of the exercise, because according to him, with their efforts, INEC staff were able to device and execute the projects successfully among the populace by locating places like markets, churches, events and communities with larger populations.
Okoye, while responding to questions regarding their level of preparations for the 2023 general elections, said they were determined to conduct free, fair and credible polls, adding that the commission would train presiding officers and security officers on how to curb electoral offences such as impersonation, vote trading and buying.