By Francis Sardauna in Katsina
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday said about 166,215 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) belonging to Katsina residents are still lying uncollected in its office in the state.
This is even as the commission said it was committed to conducting free, fair and creditable general election in the state come 2019.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with political parties, civil society organisations, the media and other relevant agencies in Katsina.
He said: “As of 2011 to 2015, we registered 2,842,678 persons but only 2,787,087 collected their PVCs. In 2017, 111,317 persons were registered while 6,1955 collected.
“In the first quarter of 2018, we have about 61,262 PVCs. From this period under review, we have a grand total of 3,015,257 PVCs. 2,848,650 persons collected their own, while 166,215 PVCs are yet to be collected as of Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.
“It should be noted that the figure do not include those of the second quarter of 2018 whose PVCS are being processed and will be collected by registrants before the 2019 general election as collection of PVCs will continue up to one week to the elections.”
He reiterated that all necessary measures had been put in place by the commission to enable registered voters in the state to collect their PVCs without hitches.
The commissioner explained that the suspension of the continuous voters registration (CVR) on August 31 had not affected the collection of PVCs, hence the need for registered voters to collect their PVCs.
“Collection of PVC continues up to one week to the 2019 general election proper. It is the responsibility of the public, I mean residents of the state to collect their PVCs,” he explained.