The APC in Lagos State, on Thursday, held a sensitisation campaign on Electoral Law and Offences for market women, artisans and traders’ associations across the state.
State party chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said APC designed the programme to educate them on the electoral laws.
It also focuses on the mode of voting and the use of the BVAS in the general elections.
The APC State Campaign Council Directorate of Mobilisation organised the sensitisation programme.
It had in attendance, market leaders, traders associations and artisans drawn from markets across the state.
Ojelabi says the programme is a continuation of the party’s engagement with the people on the mode of voting.
“This is the first time we are using the BVAS and we are sensitising market men and women to know their roles and rights on election day.
“We need to equip them to have pre-knowledge of what lies ahead of the election.
“So, we are encouraging our market leaders to talk to their members, children, friends and families to collect their PVCs,
“Because, without it, voting is not possible,” the chairman said.
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Ojelabi reminded them that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would end in three days.
He, therefore, urged them to talk to their children, friends and families about the need to collect the PVCs.
According to him, the directorate would go to all the markets to mobilisethe electorate for the general election.
“As we are doing this, it is important to ensure that the people vote right and adhere to the electoral law which is why we are here sensitising the traders.
Speaking on the electoral offences, Sodiq Ademola, APC’s Directorate of Legal Services, said it is a punishable offence to possess other people’s PVC and buying or selling the cards.
“It is an offence to canvass and solicit for votes or wear party symbol at polling units on election day.”
“Impersonation or underage voting, abusive language, slanderous, intemperate insinuations or attack on other political parties or candidates are other offences.
“No physical force or coercion and thuggery and no armed private security organisations or vanguard are allowed near polling centres,” Ademola said.
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