Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has advised residents and citizens of the state to collect their Permanent Voter Registration Cards (PVC) to ensure political relevance in the forthcoming general elections.
Okorocha, who gave the advice in Owerri, the state capital on Thursday during a news briefing, decried the poor response of Imo residents to the call for PVC collection.
He said Imo had the least number of registered voters and number of PVCs collected when compared to other states of the federation. He said failure to collect PVCs would result in low number of votes that would be generated from the state, which he said, might deny the people key positions at the federal level.
To drive home his point, the governor declared August 15 and August 16 work-free, to enable eligible voters in the state to register and also collect their PVCs.
Okorocha further directed that markets be closed on those days to ensure full compliance and good results. (NAN)