The Ebonyi Government has declared Friday, April 20 work-free day to enable civil servants in the state register and collect their Permanent Voter Cards in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration.

The Secretary to State Government, Hygenius Nwokwu, via a statement issued on Thursday in Abakaliki said Umahi declared the work-free day in exercise of powers conferred on him by the Public Holiday Act.

According to Nwokwu, the governor “declared one day work-free day to avail all civil servants in the state opportunity to participate in the important exercise’’.

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According to him, “pursuant to Section (2), subsection (2) of the Public Holidays Act, His Excellency, Executive Governor of Ebonyi has graciously declared Friday April 20, work-free day.

“This is to enable public and civil servants to go home, register and obtain their PVCs in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

“The governor is deeply concerned with the success of the registration in the state and is committed to ensuring that all eligible voters in the state register and collect their PVCs ahead of 2019 elections.

“We urge every eligible voter in the civil and public service of the state to explore this opportunity to go home, register and obtain their voter cards,” Nwokwu said.