Amidst massive turn out in Ogbia and other local government councils in Bayelsa State during the ongoing voters registration exercise in the state, some aides of the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the duration of the exercise to allow for more persons to participate.
It was gathered that at the thirteen wards in Ogbia Local Council of the State, particularly the Opume Community, youths of voting age were seen registering and those that have registered were seen claiming their voters card.
The State Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Hon. Daniel Markson-Iworiso and the Special Assistant on Youths matters, Hon.Osaanya B. Osaanya, who visited most of the 13 polling units during their mobilisation efforts in Opume community, agreed that with the massive turn out, there is the need to extend the duration of the exercise.
Hon. Daniel Iworiso-Markson,, while commenting on the ongoing voters registration,said the exercise is a critical one exercise that every eligible Nigerian should participate.
Hon. Iworiso Markson,who expressed satisfaction with the large turnout of people for the exercise, urged those who are qualified by age but are yet to be registered to do so in order to give them the chance to vote in the next general elections.
Iworiso-Markson said “The next round of elections are some months away. I came basically to see the process of registration and I must say it is very impressive. This shows the seriousness of our people to be fully involved in the electoral process. This is the first step for those who have attained the required age.
“For us as Ogbia people we want our votes to speak for us in the next election. We want to be fully involved and that is why we came out to mobilize our people sufficiently and I commend the INEC officials who have been here in the last three weeks.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on all those who are yet to be registered to come out and do so before the expiration of the period. I believe the INEC officials will go round other communities to give opportunity to everyone”.
Iworiso-Markson appealed to INEC to extend the exercise to give more people the chance to be registered and obtain the Permanent Voters Card (PVC), which he described as the best tool to use in selecting good leaders that will bring development.
The Information Commissioner maintained that the administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson believes in free and fair elections which begins with the voters registration and is ready to always provide the right environment to ensure the people are not left out.