Abia State records 82 percent PVC distribution
Eighty two per cent of registered voters in Abia state, South East Nigeria, have collected their Permanent Voter Cards ahead of March 28 general elections.
Head Vocational Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Department, Independent National Electoral Commission, Abia state, Edwin Enabo made this known in Umuahia in an interview with News24.com.
Enabo stated that of the 1, 39600 registered voters in Abia state, 1,360862 have been received from INEC headquarters and expressed optimism that the cards will be sent before the election. He commended the way people have been turning out from various collection points in the state to pick up their PVCs and attributed the increase to postponement in the election.
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He stated that over 35,000 voters card are still being awaited and expressed optimism that the cards would be sent for distribution before the election. People are very forthcoming in the collection of their cards; you can see the enthusiasm in them so INEC have not relented in encouraging them. Enabo emphasized that the commission has embarked on massive sensitization program using traditional rulers, interest groups and town criers in the state, the awareness level has increased recently unlike the apathy witnessed at the initial period, the people are now eager to be part of the process and this has helped us achieve the percentage that we have gotten. However a visit to some local government areas to ascertain the level of distribution revealed a different story. At the Umuahia North collection centre, majority of the people who came to collect their cards could not do so as their cards could not be found.
They said that INEC officials told them that their cards fell into the category of zero units. A businessman, Sylvester Okere who said he has visited the centre on a weekly basis lamented his ordeal. As it stands some us might be disenfranchised from the look of things because without our PVCs we cannot vote. INEC has told us that our cards cannot be found here and this was the place I registered. He reckoned.
Another registered voter, Grace Ejike also expressed frustration at the development. I believe everything is documented so they should be able to know where everybody registered to avoid such situation, I came to collect my card, but they said it is not available, I asked them what I should do and they said I should go she said.
At Umuahia North LGA people walked in, collected their cards with ease.
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