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Civil societies urged to mobilise women for voter registration

08 May 2014, 10:55

Gombe - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Gombe State to ensure mass participation of women in the Continues Voter Registration (CVR).

Prof. Istifanus Dafwan, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, made the call on Wednesday at a stakeholders' forum on the exercise and the distribution of permanent voter cards.y

"You need to mobilise women to come out and register so that they will exercise their civic right in 2015,” he said.

He said the distribution of permanent voter cards would commence between May 23 and May 25 followed by the Continues Voters Registration.

Dafwan said people that registered must present the Temporary Voter Card (TVC) before they would be issued with the permanent one.

“However, if you have lost your temporary card you will fill and sign an attestation form to ascertain that you are the true owner,” he explained.

Also speaking, Suzana Husain, member Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), women wing, said in the previous election women came out as early as possible but they ended up wasting their time.

“You need to give women special consideration so that others will also be encouraged to come out,” she said.

In his remarks, the State Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association, Victor Lema, urged INEC to support independent observers to contribute their quotas to the electoral process.

 - NAN

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