PVC Collection: INEC To Visit 319 Wards In Rivers
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Rivers State, Obo Effanga has disclosed plans by the Commission to embark on a visit to the 319 Wards or Registration Areas in the State for the collection of remaining Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) by the voters from January 16 – 21, 2019.
Effanga dropped this hint during a consultative meeting with Traditional Rulers at their Council Secretariat, Port Harcourt, Monday.
According to him, the exercise will take place each day including Saturday and Sunday from 9.00am to 3.00pm, while they will revert again to the INEC offices in the Local Government Area until February 8, 2019 as the last day of collection before the General Elections, adding that the measure was to ensure that the cards were taken to the people at the grassroots for collection.
He hinted that the total voters figure for the country stands at 84,271,832 with Rivers State accounting for 3,215,273 with 3,118,638 already received in the State.
“The PVCs have been made available with owners to pick up from our offices in the Local Government Areas. As at the end of last week, 2,543,097 of the PVCs in Rivers State have been collected, the INEC boss posited, and further disclosed that right now, recruitment of ad-hoc personnels and various trainings for election personnels is in progress ahead of the General Election.
Effanga however noted that we all know that everything is not well in the way stakeholders prosecute election that needs change, pointing out that it is their intention that the 2019 General Election will be free, fair, transparent, inclusive and above all, peaceful as the task falls on different individuals, institutions and groups.
He appealed to the Royal Fathers to raise their voices in assurance of safety and security of election personnel and materials as well as the electorates which is paramount, stressing that “we also look up to you as custodians of morals and moves in the communities to rein in your community members to support the electoral process, or at least not to work against the interest of the electoral process.”
The State INEC chairman harped that it is unacceptable for anybody to work against a credible and peaceful election, unless such a person does not believe in the corporate existence and advancement of the country, calling for all hands to be on deck.
According to Effange, the General Elections is a major event and milestone in any country’s existence and therefore requires the cooperation of all citizens in ensuring its success, and that the interactive session was to rub minds with the Traditional Rulers in ensuring smooth polls in Rivers State, further assuring that with the sacred public duty for them to perform, they recognize the need to rub minds with experts and opinion leaders like them on how best to deliver their mandate.
He thanked them for availing them the rate opportunity to be with them and drank from their fountain of wisdom and to work towards ensuring the best election ever in Rivers State and prayed God to help them to succeed.
The interactive session was attended by personnels of the Nigeria Police, DSS, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.