By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said a total of 73109 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC’s) were yet to be collected in Edo state.
Edo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Emmanuel Alex Hart disclosed this during a working visit to Edo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Benin City.
Dr. Hart who was deployed to the state two months ago, said the unclaimed PVC’s data were captured between April 24, 2017 and December 30, 2017.
He blamed the alleged apathy for PVC’s collection on the Citizens, appealing that the Media should assist the Commission to sensitize the public to carryout its responsibilities.
Of the 73109 unclaimed PVC’s across the state, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area account for the highest figure with 16049. Oredo Local Area came behind the rear with 10072 unclaimed PVC’s, while Akoko-Edo has a total of 1265 unclaimed PVC’s.
He further revealed that the figure precludes over 400, 000 PVC’s that were yet to be collected before the September 28, 2016 Governorship election in Edo state which had been taken to the 18 Local Government Areas in the state for collection.
The state chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo state Council, Comrade Roland Osakue in a remark, pledged the union’s cooperation to Commission.
The state REC was accompanied on the visit to NUJ with Principal officers of the Commission including Mr. Francis Ikpefua and Public Affairs Officer of the Commission in Edo state, Mr. John Adie.