Bassey Inyang In Calabar
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday took its voters’ education to the 2016 Carnival Calabar by floating a band through which it conducted its enlightenment programme.
The dominant message of the INEC band was the need to preserve their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the purpose of voting in future elections.
The Administrative Secretary of INEC in Cross River State, Mr. Henry Ayom Anor, who led the band said aside from using the voters’ card for voting, it can be used for other official engagements.
He said the commission was participating in the annual fanfare because it attracts a large crowd which provides a useful platform to enlighten voters about the programmes of the commission.
“INEC is participating in the 2016 Calabar Carnival in order to enlighten voters on the need to preserve their PVCs even when they are relocating from their abode to another location, because INEC has provided a seamless process for such people to transfer their details to the new location to enable them participate actively during an election or use it for other purposes,” Anor said.
He stated that the INEC has observed that some people who registered were yet to collect their PVCs, saying a large number of cards were still with the commission.
“Many people, until now, have not collected their permanent voters’ cards, we want to let them know that they can visit INEC local goveremne4t offices to collect their voters’ cards,” Anor said.
He stated that the commission would soon commence the continuous voters’ registration exercise to capture those who recently attained the voting age of 18 years so that they could vote in future elections.
Anor said those whose cards were missing should go to any INEC office in the states to undergo the process of getting their PVCs replaced.