The Peoples Democratic Movement has approved March 17 as the commencement date for its manual membership registration.
This decision was arrived at during the just concluded meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party, which took place at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
The approval of the March 17 date follows extensive preparations and sensitization for the exercise, which is to take place between 8am and 5pm everyday from March 17 to 23, 2014, simultaneously in each of the 8,812 wards throughout the states of the federation.
Distribution of registration materials, including membership cards, membership registers, pens, markers and other sundry items is already underway at the National Secretariat of the party, a statement said on Tuesday.
Registration materials are to reach all states of the federation by March 13 and all registration centres in the wards by March 16, 2014.
It will be recalled that PDM had launched its Online Membership Registration at www.pdm.ng on September 15, 2013 in Abuja, barely a month after the party was registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The online membership registration, which is still ongoing, was received by Nigerians with excitement and high expectations and is the first of its kind in Africa.
More than than two million members have already registered online.
The manual registration of members is an extension of the entire membership registration exercise meant to give Nigerians from all nooks and cranny of the country an opportunity to be part of one of the fastest growing political parties in the country.
Members who registered online are also to collect their membership cards at their wards during the manual registration exercise.
The party called on all Nigerians of voting age to seize this opportunity and register en masse to provide the electorate with variety and more choices, which is what democracy is all about.