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
Abuja - Yobe State Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Habu Zarma, has called on stakeholders to discourage people from buying Permanent Voter's Cards (PVCs).
He made the call during a meeting with stakeholders in Damaturu, the state capital. The stakeholders were drawn from various political parties, NGOs and the media among others.
Zarma insisted such cards would be invalid as technology would disqualify any person who did not own of the card.
Meanwhile, he said the commission had recorded 88 percent level of distribution of PVCs in the state and they are intensifying efforts to get the remainder distributed.
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Zarma said the success recorded so far across the state was a clear indication that people of the state were gearing up for the election.
He however expressed regrets that about 22 000 cards yet to be distributed are for voters from Damaturu.
He said 1,3 million people were initially registered in the state but some were disqualified for multiple registrations.
The resident electoral commissioner said the delay in the election will give more room for refresher training for the stakeholders, election officers among other to increase perfection ahead of the election.
He urged the stakeholders to desist from violence before, during and after the election and to work assiduously for the success of the exercise.