The Edo State Government has declared Friday, August 31, a work-free day to avail civil and public servants the opportunity to process, regularise or obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq. on Wednesday, said that “Government workers are urged to partake in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), so they can perform their civic duty.”
Ogie added that “With this notice, all government establishments except those that render essential service are expected to be closed and the workers are encouraged to take advantage of the work-free day to visit centers for the ongoing CVR to process or obtain their PVCs. This will make them eligible to participate in the forthcoming 2019 elections.”
According to the state government, “the CVR exercise had been extended by INEC for two weeks which will terminate on Friday, August 31, underscoring the decision of government to declare a public holiday to ensure that government workers are able to obtain their PVCs.”
The SSG explained that “the state government is keen on ensuring that everyone in the state is provided ample opportunity to participate in the political process, hence all government workers are encouraged to treat this message with all seriousness.”