Forty two Percent of registered voters in Enugu state, South Eastern Nigeria are yet to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) even with few days to the February 8, new deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the collection of the cards ahead of the general elections.
The public Relations Officer, Enugu state INEC, Samuel Bassey revealed to News24.com
that the commission had reached over 65 percent distribution before end January but with the recent delivery of new and transferred PVCs, the figure had gone down to 58 percent.
“As at January we had gone beyond 58 percent but with the new deadline and so many transferred PVCs of voters who registered outside the state that now reside in Enugu, the figure has gone down. However more persons are now aware of the need to pick up their cards and exercise their civic responsibilities, so we are working hard to meet up”, he disclosed.
He noted that the commission has adopted effective strategies to ensure that all registered voters get their PVC’s including mobilization through worship centres and media campaigns.Also read: INEC distributes thousands of PVC in Ogun
It would be Recalled that the Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukogu had on assumption of office on January, 6 expressed displeasure over the poor response in the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by prospective voters in the state and hoped to surpass the 65percent record that he met on ground.
“We are targeting 85 per cent PVCs distribution and after we had done our best and the people refuse, then, there is nothing else we can do, It will be difficult for credible leaders to emerge in the midst of voter apathy and we must find a way to break this trend. We in INEC have to re-strategise, even if it means taking the collection centres closer to the people.” he said.
The former Anambra state REC appealed to those who had not collected their PVCs to proceed to their local government area INEC offices to take delivery of their cards.
Meanwhile, a cross section of the public who spoke with News24.com
expressed frustration over the poor arrangement by INEC to deliver the PVCs. Some said they have been to different centres where they registered but was unable to access theirs as it was not available while others asked for a work free day to enable them pick up the cards.