The Bayelsa State Independent National Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Baritor Kpagih says the introduction of Permanent Voters Card (PVC), Card Reader and Customized Sensitive electoral materials will give credence to 2015 general election.
Mr. Kpagih disclosed this at the one day election orientation talk and card reader demonstration exercise held at Federal University Otuoke, Wednesday, 25th February, 2015.
The Bayelsa State Resident Electoral Commissioner noted that the University plays a vital role in election process noting that the choice of FUO as a stakeholder for sensitization became expedient to reach out to the larger society.
“We deemed it necessary to interact with the University Community to easily pass the message, you are our stakeholders and we feel you will play a major role in the success of the election”. He said.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner informed his University audience that the commission has put mechanisms on ground to add quality and also re-gain confidence of the electorate in the nation’s electoral process.
According to him, INEC has introduced customized sensitive electoral materials, Permanent Voters Card and the reader to check electoral irregularities in the forthcoming polls.
Urging all hands to be on deck to produce quality leaders, the REC used the occasion to appeal to the youths not to be used as electoral thugs.
Welcoming the INEC Team to FUO, the Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko lauded the Commission for the choice of the University for the Sensitization Exercise.
The VC who said elections are important for democracy noted that Universities play vital roles in Democratic process in the developed world.
The University boss urged INEC to take advantage of the INEC Postponement to also sensitize other electorate to know where they will vote sending this text to their mobile phone (INEC – State of Registration – Surname 5 last digit numbers in the PVC or TVC – send to 20120)
The Interactive Session was used to demonstrate the function of the card reader by INEC Officials which will be used for the March 28 and April 11 2015 general elections.
In his remarks, the Registrar, Mr. David Suowari said the orientation has afforded FUO staff the opportunity to know more about the electoral process which should serve as a means of educating others about the conduct of the polls.
The Registrar thanked INEC for creating such a platform and the Vice Chancellor for allowing such forum to educate members of the University Community.