Participants and guests on a radio programme, Encounter – a political discussion programme on Ogene 98.3FM Nawfia, Awka Capital Territory, today, Saturday, stressed the need for the people of southeast to embrace the ongoing voter registration and see it as an avenue to improve their bargaining power in the country politically.
Speaking on the programme, the State PRO of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs Nneka Eluogu highlighted some of the challenges faced by INEC in getting the people of the region to play an active part in the registration process even as she reeled out some of the plans INEC has set in place to ensure the sucess of the registration process in Anambra state.
Eluogu noted that the commission is engaging actively with various stakeholders in the state to ensure that citizens do not miss out on the current registration opportunity, even as she urged eligible voters that are yet to register to register and obtain their permanent voter cards.
Also reacting to the discussion, was one of the guests to the programme, Dr Justin Nwankwo, a lecturer at Federal Polytechnic Oko and Public Affairs Analyst – Dr Nwankwo expressed dissatisfaction at the level of commitment being put in by southeast leaders at different levels to awaken the spirit of the people on the need to get registered and get involved in the electoral process.
Dr Nwankwo, stated that if the people of Southeast wants their interest to count at the center, then everyone must get involved in the electoral process which starts with registration.
On his part, the State Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra state, Comrade Emma Ifesinachi highlighted some of the efforts the union has made to sensitize the people on the need to get registered.
Comrade Ifesinachi stated that the NUJ is committed to doing its part, and has previously organized sensitization seminars geared towards ensuring a smooth electoral process.
Also contributing to the discussion was the State President, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra state, Ichie Damian Okeke Ogene.
Ichie Ogene talked about the efforts made by Ohaneze Ndigbo (a socio-cultural organization advancing the cause of Igbo people) especially in the area of working with the President Generals of town unions to reach out to the people. However, Ichie Ogene lamented that funding has been one of the factors limiting the performance and the impact of the organization’s activities.