Abakaliki - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi plans to distribute permanent voters’ cards to the registered voters before the impending continuous voter registration.
Its Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Okey Ezeani, said in Abakaliki on Wednesday that the cards would prevent multiple registration by prospective voters in the state.
Ezeani said the cards would be used for identification and authentication of voters during the continuous registration and subsequent elections.
He said the cards had adequate security features to reduce its vulnerability to counterfeiting.
“INEC is working hard to remove any operational challenge that will occur during the exercise and the election.
“We will not want the electorate to be involved in any misconduct and that is why there will be free flow of information from the commission to enlighten the public,’’ he said.
The REC said the continuous voter registration was meant to capture those who turned 18 years after the last exercise, those that relocated from other states and those for one reason or the other did not register in the 2011 exercise.
Ezeani noted that the commission would publish the voters’ registers for the state for easy identification of the voters.
He said the distribution of the cards would be at the polling units or designated centres where the exercise was conducted in 2011.
“There shall be no collection of permanent voter’s cards by proxy, the prospective voter must be present at the collection centre,” Ezeani said.
He called on those who were yet to be captured to use the opportunity to register to enable them to cast their votes during the 2015 election.
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