ISESELE EZEKIEL, Benin
The newly-appointed Edo State Independent National Electoral Resident Commissioner (REC), Obo Effanga, a lawyer, has raised concern over the numbers of unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards by eligible voters in the state.
According to him, over 460,000 Permanent Voter Cards were yet to be collected in the state as at 2016, while 41,858 were newly registered as at 2017.
He said, 3,690 PVCs had been collected, 423 transfer cases were recorded, lost cases 4527 with 1476 defaced cards.
Effanga, who raised the alarm during a visit to the secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin, said efforts would be intensified to ensure that the cards are collected by their owners.
“Supposing election is to be conducted today, how many of us will be able to vote? Many of us have not received our voters’ card. It is important for you to be aware and others through you because of what we are doing.
“We want those who have registered to go and collect their PVCs. It is important for those who have their PVCs missing or information not correct to take advantage of this opportunity created by the commission. We thought this information is important to be passed across”, he stated.
The REC also maintained that there was move by the commission to add more registration centre to ease the stress of would be registered voters as the commission had earlier deemed it necessary to create ten registration centres in the state.
“As we progress towards the election, our plans is to open more registration centres at least each in every Local Government Council”, he said.
He promised that the commission will continue to partner the media, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other agencies to further rekindle the hope reposed on the commission by members of the public.
“We will reach out to traditional and religious institution for further sensitization of our activities as everyone needs to be carried along most especially those who have attained the voting age”.
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