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Published On: Tue, Jan 13th, 2015

INEC to distribute 2m PVCs in Delta

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From Osa Eresoyen, Asaba

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it is desirous to ensure over two million registered voters in Delta State get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to exercise their franchise before next month’s general elections.

The new Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) in the state, Elder Aniedi-Absi Ikoiwak , gave the assurance when he held a critical political stakeholder maiden meeting with leaders of the various political parties and commissioner of police in the state in his office in Asaba.

The REC also announced that the commission is ready to distribute the 700,000 permanent voter cards (PVCs) in the state.

Ikoiwak said in addition to the 700,000 PVCs, 500,000 PVCs is being expected from Abuja before January 20 to eligible voters across the registered polling units and wards in all the 25 local government area in the state and would be distributed before the end of the month.

Elder Ikoiwak said the commission has introduced what is called Card Reader Machine, saying the 2015 general elections is not going to be conducted on the numbers of registered voters by INEC rather on the numbers of permanent voters cards (PVCs).

He reminded stakeholder in the electioneering process to assist INEC to guard against ballot box snatching, thuggery and intimidation of electoral officials during election, saying any voters cards snatched would be rejected by INEC data base machine because such numbers of snatched voters cards have been configured in the INEC Card Reader Machine.

The state REC noted that the commission will within this period embark on aggressive voter education and permanent voters’ distribution to ensure nobody of eligible voting age in the state is disenfranchised during the next month’s elections.

The REC urged leaders of political parties in the state to make available to the commission the cost of their campaign programmes to assist it in its planning.

He called on leaders of political parties and stakeholders to assist the commission in reaching the electorate at the grassroots to go to their registered polling units to collect their voter’s cards, saying the commission is set to recruit 21,000 ad hoc staff in addition to 421 staff of the commission in the state to man each polling unit.


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