By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka- THE Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji said yesterday that no fewer than 220,000 Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, were yet to be collected by the owners IN Anambra State.
Speaking during a visit to the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe NnaemekaAchebe, Orji however, said the level of voter apathy had dropped significantly following the modifications of the services being rendered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC..
According to the REC, the commission had succeeded in restoring the confidence of the electorate which, he said, was evident in the massive turnout of voters in the November 18 governorship election adjudged by many to be free, fair and credible.
He said the visit to the monarch was to solicit for his support, especially in the area of sensitizing his people on the need for the eligible voters to get registered and obtain their permanent voters cards.
Orji explained that the commission had, in addition to the registration centres across the 21 local government areas of the state, created floating centres in the councils to reduce the frustration often experienced by the electorate.
He further solicited the assistance of the traditional ruler in securing a parcel of land for an office accommodation in the district, assuring that the funds to raise the structure would not be a challenge.
In his response, Igwe Achebe commended the proactive disposition of the electoral umpire, particularly in the area of continuous voter registration exercise.
He, however, expressed worry over what he described as the wide gap existing between the eligible voters and those who have their names registered, as well as those who had collected their voters cards and those willing to exercise their franchise.
The monarch called on the eligible voters to take advantage of the ongoing voter registration exercise to ensure they got registered, while urging those who were yet to collect their cards to do so.