The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) in Akwa Ibom has raised the alarm over 132,078 uncollected Permanent Voters’ Card (PVCs) by electorates in the state.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, the figure comprised old and new PVCs, adding that PVC collection by electorates in the state was very poor.
Igini said out of the 127,267 new PVCs received by the commission and distributed across the state, only 12,881 have been collected leaving an outstanding of 114,386.
“From the old PVCs, out of 18,541 received and distributed, only 849 have been collected, leaving an outstanding of 17,692”, he said.
Igini noted that nationwide, over 7million PVCs were yet to be collected, the REC wondered how the electorates will cast their votes less than 224 days to the commencement of the elections across the country without their PVCs.
He explained that even with the campaigns run in the media on the issue, many people in Uyo, the state capital with the highest number of polling units are yet to collect their PVCs.
The REC charged political parties in the state to employ the strategy used in ensuring the electorates registered during the Continuous Voters’ Registration exercise to visit INEC offices for the collection of their PVCs.