Critical Times News : Over 246,000 PVCs still unclaimed in FCT — INEC

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Over 246,000 PVCs still unclaimed in FCT — INEC

A huge number of over 246, 000 permanent Voter cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by their owners in the FCT, according to the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alh. Yahaya Bello.

Meanwhile, the FCT Administration has expressed willingness to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sensitise residents on voter education, including registration and collection of their Personal Voter Cards (PVCs).

This disturbing figure was given recently by the new REC when he visited the FCT Minister in his office in Abuja.

The FCT Minister, who was represented at the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa said:

“We are going to work with all the stakeholders: the area councils, traditional rulers as well as faith-based and community organizations to ensure that people take advantage of the ongoing exercise to register, in order to be able to vote in the forthcoming elections.”

Earlier, the new REC Alh. Yahaya Bello said that FCT electorate have demonstrated enthusiasm towards the forthcoming polls.

According to him, new persons, especially those who have just attained the voting age of 18 as well as people coming for transfers have been coming forward to register.

Alh. Bello however lamented that the Commission still has many uncollected PVCs (a backlog of over 246,000 arising from the 2011, 2014 and 2016 exercises) and called on the residents to come forward to collect these cards in order to be able to perform their civic obligations.

The REC, while commending the FCT Administration for their past support, appealed for greater collaboration in the coming years, especially towards mobilising the citizenry to use the opportunity of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration Exercise to register for the elections.
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