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APC chieftain tasks INEC on credible voter registration

07 May 2014, 10:28

Abakaliki -  A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi, Dr Steph Egbo, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure credible voter registration.

Egbo said in Abakaliki on Tuesday that a credible voter registration was critical for the conduct of a free and fair general elections in 2015.

He said the success of the elections was dependent on how well and credible the voter registration was conducted.

 “Voter registration is an essential ingredient in democracy and its success determines the success of any election.

“It is therefore imperative that INEC should be cautious and avoid acts that can bungle the exercise.

“If you have a discredited voter registration, you will end up having a discredited election,’’ Egbo said.

He called on the commission to ensure that the exercise was transparent, free and fair and that all qualified and eligible voters were captured.

The APC chieftain said the 2015 election would represent a water-shed in the history of participatory democracy, saying that the nation needed to get it right after 100 years of its existence.

“History is beckoning on every one of us to do what is right to move the country forward.

“Interestingly, the 2015 general elections will be the first major election in this country on attainment of 100 years of existence,” he said.

Egbo called on political parties, the electorate and other stakeholders to support INEC in ensuring that the exercise succeeded.

He said the APC had embarked on mobilisation and sensitisation campaigns to encourage the electorate to participate in the exercise.

“We in the APC have confidence in the ability of INEC to deliver on its mandate of giving the nation a credible voter registration," he said.

 - NAN

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