The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday appealed to prospective voters to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and cross check their data in the on-going display of voters register which began last Tuesday across the country, while decrying the apathy of the public to the crucial exercise.
The National Commissioner of INEC in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, Engr. Abubakar Nahuce, who gave this charge in Katsina while monitoring the exercise at some designated centres in the state, urged prospective voters to go through details of their data as they collect their cards to ensure an accurate voters register, saying the period set for the exercise will not be extended.
“The major problem in Nigeria is apathy. People will wait until the last day. So, you will meet a lot of people and they will be asking for extension but this exercise for claims and objections is for this period slated for it. There will be no extension.”
He further noted that most eligible voters had their PVCs already but “we want them to correct the mistakes in names, gender and occupation. Another is to identify all the dead persons in the register so that we can remove them.”
Nahuce, in company of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Katsina, Jibrin Zarewa, revealed that INEC had redouble efforts to delete names of dead persons and other anomalies from the voters register.
He however admonished politicians to mobilize the public towards collecting their PVCs as the electoral body continues to strategize to address the issue.
He said:” From the Continuous Voters Registration (VCR) we have done from April last year to date, the collection is very high; it’s almost 80% in the last state I visited. “Even here in this state, it will be around 70 to 80%. So, we don’t have problem with the recent CVR, the ones we are having problem with are the ones done in 2011 and updated in 2016 but we are still strategizing to see how we can address the issue.”
Also speaking, the REC in Katsina, Jibrin Zarewa, tasked the revision officers to ensure all complaints of prospective voters coming to check the revision/collection centres were properly documented for corrections.
Zarewa however pointed out that the turn out of the public in only few collections centres was encouraging although traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders and other stakeholders were sensitized to give fillip to the exercise.
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