Anambra women campaign for voter registration, against money politics
By Lawrence Nwimo
Women in Anambra state, under the umbrella of the Women Wing of Anambra Association of Town Unions, ASATU, has embarked on awareness campaign on voter’s registration and end to money politics.
The sensitisation, held at Njikoka local government headquarters, Abagana for residents in Anambra Central Senatorial District was aimed at ensuring women’s active participation in the forthcoming governorship elections in the state.
The national president of ASATU Women Wing, Lady Franca Nwigbo, in her address, said that, with the INEC voter registration exercise starting from June 28, there was need to sensitise women on the importance of getting voter’s card to enable them cast their vote during the election.
Also, the senior special assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on re-orientation, Mrs Mitchelle Onugbolu, said voter card was a credible identification material in the country. She urged the women to register close to their homes so as not to find it difficult in accessing the polling unit on the election date, even as she appealed to INEC to extend the registration exercise from local government to polling booths.
Ijeoma Esione opined that days were gone when women were relegated to the background. She stated that the voting card was their right, providing them full access to choose candidates of their choice.
Contributing, the Ukwulu Community Woman Leader, Mrs Njide Anusi, called on women to be careful while choosing their candidates.
Meanwhile, the coordinator, Dr Josephine Ilokanuno, warned against money politics asking them to go back and disseminate the information at the grass root level to get everyone involved.