The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yobe State said that 78,989 registered eligible residents have yet to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs).
Abatcha Bukar, who is the Administrative Secretary of the Commission for the State, told the political parties and other important people in Damaturu about this.
Bukar said that out of the total number, more than 60,000 were left over from the 2019 registration process and were not collected. The rest were sent by the national office of the commission just recently.
“In 2019, we signed up 72,157 eligible voters, but only 16,446 of them picked up their PVCs. The rest are still in our offices in the 17 local governments and at the state headquarters.”
“As we talk to you, the PVCs for everyone who signed up to vote during the first round of voter registration, from June 2021 to January 2022, are here and ready to be picked up,” he said.
The Administrative Secretary said that the PVCs of people who registered between January and June 2022 would be ready by the end of October 2022.
Bukar, on the other hand, was worried that registered voters couldn’t get their PVCs. He asked politicians to tell their supporters that they needed to get their cards on or before election day.
He also asked the media and civil society organizations, or CSOs, to help get the word out about how important PVCs are.