The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged eligible voters who participated during the first and second phases of the Continuous Voters Registration exercise in Enugu State and have yet to collect their permanent voters card to do so, lamenting that about 139,342 permanent voters cards are uncollected in Enugu.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu, Mr. Joseph Emeka Ononammadu, made the disclosure when he visited the Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, Enugu.
Briefing journalists on the commission’s level of preparedness for the elections, he said: “In Enugu State during the first phase of the continuous voters registration exercise, 59,000 eligible voters registered. In the second phase, 56,560 people registered and from July 31 to September 19, 2017, only 4,716 cards were collected while 139,342 PVCs were uncollected.”
He said that INEC had commenced the display of voters’ register for claims and objections and would start the third phase of the continuous voters registration on October 30. The REC urged people aged 18 years and above who have not registered to do so and collect their permanent voters card so that they could vote during the elections.
Calling for trust from members of the public given what he described as the commission’s high degree of transparency, he revealed that the commission had embarked on a series of voter education in the media and in the villages. “You should trust INEC because INEC has started what it was not doing before. Watch what INEC will do in Anambra election. We want to make a statement,” he noted.
Ononammadu who said he has visited the 17 local government areas of Enugu State to sensitize communities, said the media has a huge role in the electoral process with regard to educating the people during the campaigns and elections.
Explaining that the interaction was organised “to get acquainted with journalists and build faith around our leaders”, he added that the commission was aware of problems encountered in past elections and had introduced measures to curb such in future elections. “We are at home with issues both past and present. We urge the media to mould issues that are of public interest and one of it is election which is the foundation of our democracy,” he said.
He disclosed further that adequate steps have been put in place to give all adults an opportunity to participate in future elections through the continuous voters registration, noting that efforts were being made to ensure early distribution of electoral materials and the integrity of the elections’ outcome.