According to NAN report, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akwa Ibom State has come out to state that some 132, 078 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected by their owners in the state.
Addressing journalists in Uyo, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mike Igini, who disclosed this earlier today (Monda July 9, 2018), said the response of the electorate to the collection of their PVCs was poor. According to the commissioner, out of the 127,267 new PVCs received by the commission and distributed across the state, only 12,881 had been collected, leaving an outstanding of 114,386.
Igini explained that out of the 18,541 old PVCs received and distributed, only 849 had been collected, leaving an outstanding of 17,692. He further stated, “With respect to the level of Permanent Voter Card collection and registration exercise in Akwa Ibom State in particular, what I want you to know is that they are in two broad categories. We have the PVCs that we produced prior to the 2015 elections up to the time of the commencement of the new Continuous Voter Registration on April 27, 2017.
“For these Permanent Voter Cards of 2015 till date, which we refer to as the old PVC, the level of turnout is very poor. In Akwa Ibom, we still have a total of 18,541 old permanent voter cards, out of which we have only distributed 849, leaving a total of 17,692 still uncollected,” he said. The INEC representative said that out of the new 127,267 PVCs, the commission has only distributed 12,881, leaving a total of 114,386 PVC uncollected.