Thursday, 6 November 2014

Lagos State Government Declares Friday November 7th, Work Free Day


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has declared Friday 7th November as work free day for public servants in the state to enable them to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

Fashola, in a state broadcast, said that: “November 7th shall be a work free day in order to enable workers to carry out this civic duty and exercise their civic rights”.

He appealed to residents to seize the opportunity to ensure they collect their PVCs and register at a polling unit close to their homes.

The collection of PVCs will begin in Lagos on Friday and will end on November 9th, while fresh registration will take place from November 13th to 17th.

The governor also urged employers of labour in the state to be flexible and accommodating to allow workers to close early on Friday.

“It is all for our collective good,” he said.

The Governor also decried the shortfall of about 1.5 million in the number of voters recorded for Lagos state by INEC.

He said that this was an attempt by the electoral body to disenfranchise about 1.5 million voters, describing the action as strange.

The governor demanded an explanation from INEC on the reason about 6.3 million registered voters recorded for Lagos during 2011 elections could be reduced to 4.8 million names.

“This is strange; it is surprising and I believe INEC owes the people of Lagos State a lot of answers and very quickly too,” he said.

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