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
Asaba - The Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday that it had distributed 75 percent of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Delta State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state,
Mr.Aniedi-Abasi Ikiowak, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba.
Ikiowaak said that the PVCs were printed ater the 2010 voter
registration conducted in the state.
He said the distribution of the 479,832 unclaimed PVCs had
continued in all the wards in the 25 local government areas of the state.
The resident electoral commissioner urged those yet to
collect their PVCs to do so immediately.
“I have instructed electoral officers to distribute these
cards even in markets and churches provided that the owners will sign
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“INEC in the state has ensured actual distribution of the
cards and demonstrated willingness to do so, to ensure that all registered
voters get their cards.
“I want to emphasize that we cannot be stampeded into
distributing cards by proxy. I appeal to those yet to collect theirs to go to
where they registered and collect their cards.
“That is the only thing that will enable them to vote at the
forthcoming elections and it is their civic obligation to do that.”
Ikiowak, however, explained that some of the unclaimed cards
belonged to those who had relocated from Delta or transferred their voting
points from Delta to other states.
The REC said it was possible that owners of some of the
yet-to-be claimed cards were deceased.
He explained that the commission had found out that some of
them belonged to some students of tertiary institutions in the state who had
left the state after graduation.
Ikiowak further told NAN that the commission had received
365, 280 additional PVCs for those that registered during the last continuous
registration in the state and others who transferred to Delta.
He said that the additional cards were being sorted and distribution
would commence by weekend.
He said that the state had also received 4380 card readers
to be used in the 3624 polling units in the state, pointing out that some of
them were reserves.
The resident electoral commissioner said that 22,000 ad hoc
staff drawn from members of the NYSC, staff of Federal Government-owned
establishments in the state would be engaged for the Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 polls.
Ikiowak expressed optimism that the commission would ensure
free, fair and credible elections in the state.