Uncollected PVCs now 200,000 in Enugu as INEC expresses worry ahead of 2019

INEC says over 200,000 PVCs are yet to be collected in Enugu state

– Traditional rulers in the state say they will carry out enlightenment so people can go and get their PVCs

– They also commend INEC boss, Yakubu Mahmood, and the REC in Enugu state for their progress so far

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, there are more than 200,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) awaiting collection in Enugu, according to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Emeka Ononamadu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ononamadu disclosed in his address of welcome during the stakeholders’ forum between state traditional rulers council and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu.

“Uncollected PVC cards in the state is still on the high side and we have above 200,000 cards uncollected,’’ he said, however, noting that the state had recorded huge progress in the ongoing Continue Voter Registration (CVR).

The report said the REC attributed the success of the exercise to less voters’ apathy due to joint sensitisation embarked upon by the commission, traditional institution in their various communities and other stakeholders.

It was learnt that the traditional rulers in the state commended INEC chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood and Ononamadu for the progress made so far in the ongoing CVR in the state.

NAN says the traditional rulers gave the commendation in a two-page communiqué they issued after stakeholders’ forum in Enugu and signed by the chairman of the council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu.

They reportedly also expressed confidence in the capability of the Mahmood-led IINEC to conduct free, fair and credible election in forthcoming 2019 general elections in Nigeria.

They further commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing and promoting peace in the state under which INEC had been able to make tremendous impact in the ongoing CVR.

The communiqué said that INEC and rulers agreed that names of owners of PVCs not yet collected would be displayed in their various wards for their respective traditional rulers to note.

The traditional rulers promised they would further sensitise their subjects on the imperative of collecting their PVCs