The Executive Director of Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative (VREI) and Coordinator of Trasition Monitoring Group (TMG), Delta State Chapter, Pastor Comrade Edewor Egedegbe, has charged all Deltans to acquaint themselves with the new 2022 electoral law, saying, “with the new electoral law in place, the era of snatching of ballot box is over.”
Egedegbe made the charge on monday, 7th March, 2022, during the Isoko Federal Constituency CVR Town Hall meeting/Clinic at Opute Hall, Ozoro, headquarters of Isoko North local government Area of Delta State.

Egedegbe emphasized that the new electoral law has nothing to do with the things of the past, such as ballot box snatching, stuffing of ballot box with toxic votes, no incident form palaver amongst other toxic practices of the past.

Pastor Edewor Egedegbe (2nd right), Speaking at the event

Continuing, he said, “TMG and other non state actors are working closely with INEC to sensitise Deltans ahead of 2023 elections.”
He charged Nigerian citizens to be mindful of every segments of the the new act that is now a law.

Egedegbe further stated, “participation in elections is an inalienable right of every citizen that has attained eighteen years and above.” He added, “election doesn’t begin at election day, it begins with pre- election activities such as registration excercise, party primaries, then election day proper, and terminates at post election activities with governance period being the climax.

He lamented that majority of political office holders did not attend the important meeting, saying, “this meeting is an avenue they (political office holders) would use to express themselves and bring their concerns before INEC officials, and also take valuable information from the gathering to effectively sensitise their followers at the grassroot level.”

Delta State REC, Revrend Monday Tom, speaking at the event

In his keynote address, the Delta State Residence Electoral Commissioner (REC), Rev. Monday Udoh Tom, said that before now, there were twenty six (26) registration centres across the state, but as from 8th of March, 2022, the commission would add more centres to increase the number to seventy three (73). Tom further explained that over one thousand voting points had been converted to pulling units in recent years.
Conrinuing, Tom said that the main purpose of the town hall meeting was to bring together diverse opinions of all stakeholders and build a synergy with INEC so as to understanding the latter’s plans towards the forthcoming general elections.

He urged politicians to shun hate speeches and play by the statutory rules of INEC, saying, “the CVR is a non partisan exercise.”


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