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2019: Group holds awareness rally on voter registration deadline



From Adaeze Onuora, Abakaliki
AHEAD of the suspension of voter registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), on August 17th, a Non-Governmental Organization, Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), has urged eligible voters in Ebonyi State who have not registered to do so before the closure date of the exercise.
The group made the appeal at the weekend during voters sensitization and awareness road walk/rally organised in collaboration with INEC inAbakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
The road walk which took off at the state’s INEC head office along urban planning road Abakaliki, witnessed large turn out of people who matched along the major streets of the state capital calling on people to go and do voter registration.
The Chief of Staff to Ebonyi State Government and Principal of GDI, Offor Okorie, who led the rally disclosed the collective resolve of the group to support the re-election of Governor David Umahi.
“We have critically, examined the huge developmental strides of His Excellency,  Chief David Nweze Umahi in all sectors and at the same time in the 13 LGAs and found out that through his unprecedented strides, the governor has been able to justify the trust and vote Ebonyians gave to him during 2015 governorship election.
“This reason, among many others, coupled with our objective of identifying with good governance, was why we matched in solidarity for
the governor to ensure that come 2019, the present good governance Ebonyians are witnessing and enjoying today will be authoritatively be sustained through our PVC and vote of continuity for Governor David Nweze Umahi”, Okorie said.
Chairman of Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI,  Francis Ene, while addressing participants at the end of the rally enjoinedthem to carry the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the stateto ensure every eligible Ebonyian get registered before the closuredate.
Ene who said GDI is a non governmental organization that promotes good governance, explained that they embarked on the voter sensitization and awareness rally to let the public know that unless they get their voter cards and vote during elections, they cannot enthrone goodgovernance.
He disclosed that the group is in support of Governor David Umahi’s re-election because his administration according to him, has brought good governance to the people of the state.



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