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
Jos - The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) in Plateau, has started the distribution of more Permanent
Voter Cards (PVCs), especially for those who registered in November 2014 in the
The commission's Head, Voter Education and Publicity in
Plateau, Mr Imahiyereobo Osaretin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Jos, that the distribution began on Wednesday.
Osaretin explained that the PVCs were for those who
registered in November 2014, while those who registered in 2011 and were yet to
collect theirs, could also collect their cards.
"We have collected over 1. 3 million PVCs from our
headquarters for those, who registered in 2011 and we have so far distributed
more than 1.2 million out of the number brought to us, which represents 88.3
"No fewer than 643,241 PVCs have again arrived from our
headquarters solely for those who registered in 2014, and we have started
distribution immediately,’’ he said.
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He said that prospective voters, who registered in 2011 and
had yet to collect their PVCs, should return to their registration centres as
the newly arrived PVCs also had some of the missing ones.
Osaretin, however, lamented the apathy in the collection of
PVCs by the electorate as most PVCs were there at the collection centres and no
one was coming for them.
"For example, there is a registration centre at Jos North
Local Government, where we understood that most of those who registered there
were University of Jos students, most of who have graduated by now.
"More than 90 per cent of them have not come to claim their
cards and this development poses a serious challenge to us,’’ he said.
He called on residents of the state to come out and collect
their PVCs as no one would be allowed to vote without the PVCs.