24th June, 2022
By Martha Agas
Governor Simon Lalong has declared June 27 and June 28 as work-free days to enable eligible voters to register for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).
He gave the order on Friday during the monthly prayer and fasting programme at the Government House Chapel in Rayfield, Jos.
According to him, the democratic process is not just “a civic responsibility but also spiritual.
“That is why I approved work-free days to enable eligible citizens who have not yet obtained their PVCs to do so.
“I charge all civil servants to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that they register so as to be able to choose their leaders during the elections.
“Failure to participate automatically means that you will live with the choices of others whether it is good or bad,” he said.
Lalong said that beyond prayers and fasting, Plateau people must participate in all electoral processes to ensure that the right people were elected.
He assured the Plateau people of the significance of their votes, saying they would count following the reforms in the electoral process, particularly the new Electoral Act.
He appealed to political actors to conduct all their activities in an orderly manner, shunning toxic campaigns which could promote the spread of fake news, hatred, division, intolerance and incitement.
Lalong said that politicians should be determined to strengthen peace in the state and ensure that whoever emerged victorious works for the general good of the society.
“Politics should never be seen as a do-or-die affair because, at the end of the day, Plateau people are brothers and sisters and share the same heritage,” he said.
He described prayers and fasting as a very important spiritual exercise which has continued to have tremendous benefits for the well-being of Plateau State and Nigeria.