By Vincent Ujumadu
YOUTHS under the aegis of Anambra Youth Movement, AYM, have pleaded with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct another voter registration exercise in Anambra State before the November 18 governorship poll to take care of those who do not have voters’ card.
Coordinator of AYM, Comrade Christian Nwakaeze told Vanguard in Awka that after the group’s consultation with many stakeholders, it was discovered that many eligible voters had not obtained voters’ cards, adding that this might lead to many people being disenfranchised.
In a letter addressed to the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state, Nwakaeze commended INEC for the preparations being made for a successful election in November, but pleaded that the youths of the state would appreciate a situation whereby those of them who could not register during the previous registration exercise were given the opportunity to do so. Nwakaeze said: “We were made to understand that majority of our people do not have voters’ cards due to various reasons. We, therefore, plead with you to use your good office to help conduct a fresh voters’ registration exercise for at least one or two weeks to avoid disenfranchising our people, which, if not done, may help to create a loophole for rigging and other electoral malpractices.
“We promise to help INEC and other stakeholders in ensuring that our people conduct themselves during the election and that Anambra State records the freest and fair election ever.” He said further that Anambra youths had concluded plans for a congress during which they would select and adopt a candidate for the November poll.