The Niger State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Samuel Egwu, has disclosed that only 26,673 of the 198,038 who registered in the continuous voter registration exercise collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) in Niger State.
He told journalists at a press briefing yesterday, that the collection rate from the figure represent just 32 per cent of those who registered within the year and therefore called on residents of Niger State to come forward and collect their PVC.
The commissioner also lamented that 132,000 PVCs were not collected from 2011 to 2014 registration of voters.
According to him, “In addition INEC has received 6,873 PVCs for transfer cases arising from Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise for 2017 only.
Consistent with low collection rate already reported, only 61 of the owners representing 1 per cent have come forward to collect their PVCs”.
He noted that the low collection rate may be due to death of owners, youth corps members who may have finished their service and relocated from the state and federal workers who may have been transferred from the state.
He appealed to the people who are yet to collect their cards to do so before the exercise ends on August 17 as there would be no extension of date.