220,000 PVCs yet to be collected, says Anambra REC
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, has disclosed that over 220,000 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not been collected by their owners.
He disclosed this during his visit to the Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe.
The REC, however disclosed that the level of voter apathy had dropped significantly in the state, following the modifications of the commission’s services.
Orji explained that the commission had among other measures, opened additional registration centres across the 21 local government areas of the state.
It had also created floating centres in the councils to reduce the frustration often experienced by the electorate.
According to him, the commission had succeeded in restoring the confidence of the electorate.
This, he said, was evident in the massive turnout of voters in the November 18 governorship election, adjudged by many to be free, fair and credible.
The REC solicited the monarch’s assistance in securing land for an office accommodation in the area, promising that the commission would source funds for the project.
Orji explained that his visit was to solicit the monarch’s support, especially in sensitising the eligible voters to register and obtain their PVCs.
Achebe commended the proactive disposition of the electoral umpire, particularly in the area of continuous voter registration exercise.
He expressed worry about the wide gap between the eligible voters and those who had registered.
Also of concern is the number of people who have collected their voters’ cards, and those willing to exercise their franchise.
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