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INEC worried about uncollected PVCs in Enugu


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The Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu, has expressed concern over 175,678 uncollected Permanent Voters Cards in the state less than two months to the 2019 general elections.

Ononamadu disclosed this in his office yesterday, during a meeting of the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on the state of preparedness, party primaries and display of PVR.

He said: “The state of PVC collection and printing is progressing well. But we still have uncollected PVCs of 175,678 for both 2014 and 2018. The number of uncollected PVCs is worrisome and this summit is expected to find solution to it, in addition to what we have done in the past.

“Out of the 1,958,000 registered voters in Enugu state, only 1,504,858 have collected their PVCs as at November 11. While we await the printing of 298,011 PVCs of those who registered in the CVR last quarter of 2018, we call on the owners of 175,678 uncollected PVCs to go to our offices and collection points to pick up their PVCs.

“Our expectation is for this gathering to fashion out implementable recommendations that will ensure that over 80 percent of those who collected their PVCs turn up and vote during 2019 general elections. If that happens, we expect over 1,204,886 votes and together we will be making history in Enugu.”

The REC disclosed that the commission has procured 4,190 smart card readers, with a balance of 534 extra as backups, adding that more would be procured.

Ononamadu explained that there are 2,958 polling units and about 708 voting points in 260 registration areas in the 17 Local Government Areas of Enugu state. He said that out of the National Fresh Registration of 14,555,482, Enugu state registered 549,326,00.

“Out of the National Transfer Requests of 769,917, Enugu had 5,427. The total number of registered voters in Enugu stands at 1,978,547.00.

He promised that registered voters would have their PVCs before the elections, adding that PVC collection would continue until a week to the elections.

Ononamadu vouched INEC’s readiness to conduct free fair and credible election in Enugu state. He further solicited the support of civil society groups.

Responding, spokesperson of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state, Sunny Nweke, assured of the determination of CSOs to continue to partner with INEC in educating the electorate for peaceful and credible elections in 2019.

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