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CVR: NIPR collaborates with INEC on exercise in Plateau

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By G9ija

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) says it is collaborating with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register more people in Jos metropolis before the July 31 deadline of Continuous Voters Registration CVR exercise.

Chairman, NIPR, Plateau chapter, Bajeh Thomas on Wednesday in Jos, said that the collaboration became necessary following many calls by residents for INEC to extend the deadline and open more registration centres.

“As part of our corporate social responsibility, we decided to collaborate with INEC to bring the process closer to the people for them to register.

“This will help them to participate in taking the decision of how leadership should emerge in the next dispensation and going forward.

“We are glad because a huge number have been trooping into this place to get captured,’’ Thomas said.

Thomas, while lauding INEC’s commitment to register as many as possible, urged the public to ensure that they go out to vote in the general elections.

He charged the registered voters to guard their vote jealously and not sell it to desperate politicians adding that their votes would count.

An INEC official, Benjamin Peter, stated that the extension of the deadline by the commission was laudable as it had given more people a chance to participate in the forthcoming general elections.

Peter said that the enthusiasm on the part of the people was enormous owing to the large turnout since the start of the exercise.

He added that the commitment showed that the public was beginning to build confidence in the commission and the electioneering process.

Meanwhile, the Youth Leader of Karshe/Jenta Area, David Wutoka, lauded the collaboration, stating that it had offered an opportunity for many people in the area to register.

Wutoka said that he had sensitised youths in the area through a door to door approach to the importance of getting their PVCs and voting during the general elections.

He urged the youths to be peaceful during and after the elections and resist selling their votes to politicians.

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