CVR: Muktar Adoke Urges Kogi People to Participate in Voters Registration

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By Josiah Aliyu.
Member representing Adavi state constituency in Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Muktar Bello Adoke has called on the people of Kogi state to participate massively in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking with newsmen on Friday, Adoke said registering as voter will enable the people vote and decide the fate of those who are aspiring to represent them at all levels of leadership.
He urged the people of Adavi local government to come out enmasse to enable them vote for the candidates of their choice in the forth coming general elections.
He said voting is an important element of every form of democracy and widespread citizens participation in political processes is the corner stone of democratic practice.
“Voting should be regarded as a privilege which involves a certain degree of responsibility. It is worrisome that despite the large number of registered voters in the last election, it is regrettable to see that less than 20percent went to the polling units to cast their votes. Sovereignty and power truly belongs to the people.
“Citizen participation in governance has a vital role in the development of our Nation. We vote for the candidates of our choice when we finally go to the polls to cast our vote but what happens if we do not vote during elections? It may sound weird but we vote for the candidates and political parties we don’t like by deciding not participate in elections. Some think if they do not vote for the candidate or party they do not want by abstaining from the election the candidate will lose the election. This is completely wrong. You have brightened the chances of those candidates and political parties you do not want by disenfranchising yourselves. Register and vote, do not disenfranchise yourselves,” he pleaded.
Adoke appealed to traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders, heads of families and youth groups to mobilize their subjects, worshipers, wards and compatriots who are 18 years and above and those who have lost their cards to take advantage of this exercise in order to improve the voting strength of Adavi local government and Kogi State.
He pleaded with the people not to be passive about the exercise, but to participate actively throughout the electoral process.
He pointed out that democracy commence from the voter registration and the exercise is an opportunity for the people to obtain power which the permanent voters card (PVC) gives them.

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