Rochas Okorocha, the Imo State Governor, has declared Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16, as work-free days in the state to enable the state electorate to collect their Permanent Voters Card, PVC.
According to the Punch, Governor Okorocha said it was imperative for the government to facilitate the collection process as the deadline approaches as over 48,000 voters are yet to obtain their cards, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“The declaration of the 2-day public holidays is to enable all Imo people qualified to have the PVC, but do not have them to go and collect theirs for elections in Nigeria”. Okorocha said.
The Governor also announced that all market, shops and other places will remain shut till 4pm on those specific days in order to ensure the objective of the holiday is achieved.
He also stated that incentives may also be given to the ward or local government with the highest number of collected PVCs.
He said, “Stringent arrangements have been made by the Government with security agents to ensure compliance and the Government may at the end of the day, give award to the political ward or Local Government that would register and collect the highest number of PVCs”.
“The public holiday declaration is apt, bearing in mind the INEC’s announcement of closure of collection and registration of PVCs on Friday, August 17, 2018,”