Over 7,000 uncollected PVCs in Anambra council, says REC
Assures INEC will deliver free, fair elections
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Anambra State, Dr. Queen Agwu, has revealed that over 7,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of registered voters are yet to be collected from Njikoja Council headquarters in the state.
Agwu made the disclosure, yesterday, during a stakeholders’ meeting for the conduct of 2023 general elections, organised by INEC, in Awka, insisting that the Commission considers such meeting useful and periodic for smooth and successful conduct of the 2023 polls in the state.
She charged registered voters across the state to ensure they collect their PVCs, which is the only weapon they would use to participate in the elections.
Agwu said: “This many PVCs is only in one council; if we visit other councils, I don’t know what the number of uncollected PVCs will be.
“Go and claim your PVC. It’s your life; you will vote with it during the election; without it you cannot vote for your preferred candidate.
“In Anambra State, for instance, we have 5,720 polling units, 326 registration areas (wards), with more than 2.5 million voters. These figures clearly show the scope of election activities, and enormity of the task ahead for the Commission and stakeholders.”
She recalled that the Commission suspended the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on July 31, 2022, to enable automation, aggregation, harmonisation, cleanup and display of voter register for claims and objections.
“We have just concluded the display exercise at the 326 Registration Areas (RAs), which took place between November 12 and 18, 2022. At council level, the display of the Voter Register commenced from November 19 to 25, 2022. The Voter Register is also displayed for viewing, claims and objections through the INEC portal, www.inecnigeria.org.
She warned against vote buying, maintaining that such would not be tolerated this time, considering that people are wiser now and would be watching.