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INEC seeks collaboration with stakeholders in distribution of PVCs, voter education

By Sunny A. David, Awka

The Anambra State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr. Nwachukwu Orji, has appealed to stakeholders to assist the Commission in encouraging registered voters to collect their Permanent Voters Cards, (PVCs).
Speaking during a meeting of INEC and representatives of various political parties in Awka, Dr. Orji disclosed that about three hundred thousand permanent voters cards are yet to be collected by the owners in the state.
He explained that according to the recently released voters register by the National Headquarter of the Commission, Anambra State has the highest percentage increase in voter registration across the country jumping from 1.7 million in 2016 to over 2.447 million which he said, helped to bridge the gap between the South East Zone and other Zones in the country in voter registration.
According to Dr. Orji, the Commission has declared six days for collection of PVCs starting from Wednesday 16 to Monday 21 January this year, during which the Commission would deploy personnel to all wards in the state to distribute PVCS to the owners.
He added that the Commission has equally mapped out 21 activities to promote voter education to encourage people to participate actively in the entire electoral processes, urging other stakeholders to help mobilize the people to carry out this civic responsibility.
The Chairman of Inter-party Advisory Council, Prince Isaac Onuka , commended INEC for maintaining cordial relationship with the political parties and recalled that the commission conducted the most credible election in the country during the Anambra Gubernatorial election in 2017.
In their separate speeches, the state Secretary of APGA, Barrister Tony Ifeanya, state Chairman of Accord Party, Chief Bartho Igwedibia, State Chairman of PDP, Chief Ndubisi Nwobu and the state Sectary of APC, Mr. Chukwuma Agufugo, commended the Commission for initiating confidence building process and urged it to avoid acts that could mar the coming elections.
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