By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—NEWLY appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo State, INEC, Mr. Obo Effanga, yesterday, raised alarm over the unclaimed number of Permanent Voter Cards, PVC, by eligible voters in the state.
He said that over 460,000 Permanent Voter Cards were yet to be collected in Edo State, adding that no fewer than 41,858 eligible voters were registered as at the first quarter of 2017.
He said that 3,690 PVCs had been collected while there are 423 transfer cases, 4527 lost cases and 1476 defaced cards.
Obo, who raised the alarm during a visit to the secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Benin City, said efforts will be intensified to ensure that the cards were collected by their owners.
“Supposing the election is to be conducted today, how many of us will be able to vote? Many of us have not collected our voters’ card. It is important for you to be aware and others through you because of what we are doing.
“We want those who have registered to collect their PVCs. It is important for those who have their PVCs missing or information not correct to take advantage of this opportunity created by the commission. We believed this information is important to be passed across, “ he stated.
The REC maintained that there was move by the commission to add more registration centre to ease the stress of would be registered voters as the commission had earlier deemed it necessary to create 10 registration centres in the state.
“As we progress towards the election, our plans is to open more registration centres at least each in every local government area,” he said.
On his part, Chairman, NUJ, Mr Rowland Osakue, who received the REC and other members of the commission reassured them of the readiness of the council to give its support when necessary.