Akpan Umoh, Uyo
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on electorates to go out on Saturday during the presidential and national assembly elections and vote for credible candidates of their choice that will make Nigeria great.
The State Director of NOA in Akwa Ibom, Mrs Esther Peter, said this in Uyo while briefing newsmen on voters’ education on Thursday.
Peter said that she had earlier briefed the Community Orientation Mobilisation Officers (COMOS) to sensitise people in their local government areas on the need to go out en masse on Saturday to cast their vote peacefully.
She reminded the electorates that their vote is their power, stressing that only those with their Permanent Voter Card will be allowed to vote.
She advised that this was not the time to sit at home and complain, rather all registered voters should go to their polling units as early enough to cast their vote.
“What we advise electorates in Akwa Ibom is that everyone should go out en masse and vote for candidates of their choice.
“We should go out with our PVCs and vote peacefully for leaders that will make Nigeria great.
“There should be no voters’ apathy. We want to inform our people that only registered voters with Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) will be allowed to vote, no PVC no voting. Your PVC is your power keep it safe and use it. Elections will be by an open secret ballot system.
“Accreditation and voting will take place simultaneously and accreditation will start by 8:30 am and stop at 2:30 pm.
“We want to enjoin voters to go out and cast their vote without involvement in any violence and electoral malpractice.
“I want to also enjoin our electorates not to sell their votes, no vote buying is allowed. Everyone should go out and vote, No one should sit down at home to complain,” Peter said.
The state director urged the mobilisation officers to monitor and observe the elections in their respective communities and report back accordingly.
She appealed to all electorates and residents of the state to remain calm and peaceful before during and after the elections.