A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Gombe - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Friday that despite the insecurity challenges in the North East, it had achieved a 95 percent distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Gombe State.
Giving the breakdown of the distribution at a workshop organised for stakeholders in the state, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kassim Gaidamm, disclosed that the Commission had so far distributed 967 000 PVCs to registered voters in the state, saying the figure represents about 95 percent of the 1 141 200 earmarked for the entire state.
Gaidam, who urged the people of the state to come and collect the few remaining PVCs in order to enable them exercise their franchise, noted that the massive enlightenment campaign embarked upon by the Commission was responsible for the success so far recorded.
He however pleaded with residents of Akko and Gombe Local Government Areas of the state to collect their cards, disclosing that they have the highest number of unclaimed permanent voter cards.Also read: Amaechi threatens mass action against poll shift
“We have distributed a total of 967 000 permanent voter cards now. For those who have not received their own, they should please do so. I specifically appeal to our brothers and sisters in Akko and Gombe Local Government Areas to quickly come forward, because they have the highest number of unclaimed cards,” Gaidam said.
Speaking on the stakeholders’ workshop, the REC said it was organised, to further inform participants on the level of preparations for the forth-coming elections as he disclosed that 15 political parties would be participating in the elections in Gombe State, with only three of them fielding governorship candidates.
In his remarks at the occasion, the state Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo, expressed gratitude to INEC for organising the workshop, which, according to him , was very enriching.
Urging politicians to be persuasive and shun violence before, during and after the elections, Dankwambo called on the electorate to be extra vigilant on the days of election, to check the activities of those he described as desperate terrorists.
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