Kano state government has been urged to declare Friday, 7th November a public holiday, to enable workers participate fully in the forthcoming permanent voters card distribution exercise in the state.
Dr. Sa’idu Ahmad Dukawa, a political analyst and a lecturer with the department of Political Science, Bayero University Kano, made the call in a telephone interview with the Peoples Daily in Kano, yesterday.
He stated that the public holiday would enable majority of the workers to utilise the day for the exercise, adding that it would also draw attention of the citizens, who might be unaware of the exercise despite announcements in the media, towards participating actively in the exercise,.
” I call on the Kano state government to declare Friday a public holiday, to enable eligible voters participate fully in the exercise. This would serve as a reminder to the citizens, who might be carried away due to some engagements, to participate fully in the exercise. Some members of the public, especially the youths, may be carried away by leisure activities, such as listening to music, watching football and movies, without even knowing what is happening in the country. But declaring the holiday would certainly draw their attention to go en mass to participate in the exercise. “He said
Dr. Dukawa also called on the ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to report to the polling units earlier than the voters with complete materials.
He also called on the general public to turnout en mass and exhibit good conducts to ensure a hitch-free exercise, stating that “it is a chance to vote for credible leaders and a chance to vote out bad ones”.
The INEC, has scheduled Friday, 7th November, to Sunday, 9th November, for the Distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC), while the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will commence between 12th to 17th November, across the 9,809 polling units in the state.
About 10,000 ad-hoc staff would be used during the two exercises and they would be recruited from the National youth Service Corps (NYSC), INEC Staff and students of tertiary institutions.