By: Oginyi Nkechinyere/ Ebonyi
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi State said about one-hundred-and-seventy-eight-thousand-four-hundred-and-twenty (178,420) permanent voters card are yet to be collected.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Professor Godswill Obioma disclosed this in Abakaliki on Tuesday during an interactive session with Religious leaders on INEC’s preparations for the 2019 General Election.
Professor Obioma who challenged the leaders of faith-based organizations in the state to take the message to their adherents in the different congregations, explained that collection of PVC will end on February 8th, 2019, a week before the general election hence the need for the prospective voters who are yet to collect to hasten up before the collection time elapse.
“let me say it here, as at 14th of January , 178,420 PVC’s is yet to be collected and the state need to do something fast so that between now and 8 February, all the owners of PVC’s would their cards.
“What we are asked to do was to give out PVC’s at the Local Government Area, but in Ebonyi INEC designed a strategy to reach the communities and make the collection easier” he said.
The REC used the opportunity to announce that from 16th to 21st January, collection of voters card will be at the electoral ward levels as directed by the independent Electoral commission headquarters Abuja.
He urged the participants to take the message home for the interest of the state and to preach peace, violence free election and ethical standard because election is not war but a civic responsibility.
On the new electoral guideline, Professor Obiom explained that in the 2019 election, accreditation, authentication and voting will take place at same time and not as it was in 2015 where voters after accreditation were asked to wait till 2 pm. before voting commenced.
In a remark, the Admin Secretary Mr. Andy Ezeani, challenged the Religious stakeholders to transmit the message to their followers.