2019 general elections are coming and INEC wants IPOB, MASSOB and other related group members to be part of the voting exercise.

As the deadline for Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) approaches, the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) Abia state has urged the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement For Actualization of Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) and other ideology based groups to join in.

The resident Electoral Commissioner, Joseph Iloh who made the appeal in the commercial city of Aba, commended efforts by faith-based organizations in promoting the message.

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He reminded the IPOB members of other basic need of the Permanent Voter’s Card as an authentic means of identification in the country while it empowers them to vote for those who will govern them in future elections.

“Our Brothers and sisters who are in IPOB or are holding different ideologies should realize the importance of the PVC. Even if you are going to have a referendum, you will need a means of identification.”

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Meanwhile, Abia State Government has declared Tuesday July 25 and Wednesday July 26 as public holidays to enable residents obtain their Permanent Voter's Card.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in announcing the public holidays observed that the level of compliance and the number of registered voters in Abia state is still low.

He appealed to INEC to extend its awareness to rural areas where majority of the voters reside.

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