The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the FCT has said that over 260,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have yet to be collected with 16,931 of the cards in Gwagwalada Area Council. Alhaji Yahaya Bello, The Resident Electoral Commissioner in-charge of FCT, made the fact known in Abuja on Thursday during a sensitisation meeting in Gwagwalada.
He said that the uncollected number of PVCs was worrisome and added that the commission would not extend the closing date of Aug 17 for voter registration. Bello charged the Chairman of the council, Mr Adamu Mustapha-Danze, and all political party executives in the area to refocus on sensitisation rather than focusing only on campaigning.
He said the electorate ought to know and understand the importance and use of the cards before the 2019 general elections. “If you don’t sensitise the people properly on the need to collect their cards, who will vote for you and how will you win? “Politicians are the beneficiaries of the PVCs and not INEC; you should be more worried and concerned over the increasing number of uncollected PVCs than us. “It is your duty as stakeholders to urge the electorate on the collection of the cards, ” he said. The commissioner said while the distribution of cards would continue until one week to the general elections, voter registration would be suspended from Aug. 17 until after the 2019 general elections.
He explained that the suspension of the exercise was to enable the commission to produce more cards for the elections. Bello assured those who registered before the suspension that they would get their cards before the general elections. He added that anyone who reached the eligible age for voting after Aug. 17 would not be registered until after the elections in 2019. “Anyone who will turn 18 years after Aug.17 will not be registered to vote,” he said.
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