INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara State, Malam Garba Athairu- Madami has called on media to help in educating the public on voting procedures.
Speaking in Ilorin on Wednesday at a meeting with members of the State Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (SICVEP), Madami said media has a crucial role to play to ensure the success of the elections in the country.
Madami described the media as the eye of the public, adding that the media also mirrored the society and shape opinion.
The REC appealed to the media to particularly educate the electorate on how to thumb print and fold their ballot papers on the day of election.
“We need the media to preach peace to the people of the state, because without peace, we cannot get things done,” he said.
Madami told the media to mobilise the people to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the February 8, 2019 deadline for collection of the PVCs.
The REC used the occasion to reiterate his readiness to conduct the freest, fairest and most acceptable elections in the state.
He added that a total of 1, 095,781 PVCs have so far been collected out of the 1, 406,437 PVCs registered in the state.
Madami however expressed the hope that the remaining 311,619 yet to be collected PVCs would be collected before the expiration of time set aside for collection of the cards.
To achieve this, the REC said he has directed his staff to take the collection of the PVCs to the ward level from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of this month.
“I enjoin Kwaran to come out en masse and collect their Permanent Voter Cards if they have not done so.
“I equally implore those who have collected their PVCs to exercise their civic responsibility.
“I must however urge Kwarans to be careful and orderly while participating in these exercises,” the REC said.
Membership of the SICVEP was drawn from FRCN, NAN, Kwara TV, Kwara Radio, NOA, Labour and NUJ.