Following the recent release of Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, for Nigerians who took part in the 2022 registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the leadership of Commission’s Press Corps, IPC, has implored Deltans to come out en-masse to collect their PVCs.
Chairman of Press Corps,, Olorogun Festus Ahon, in a statement issued on his behalf by the Public Relations Officer of the group, Mr Austin Oyinbode, said for Nigerians to achieve the desired change, every registered voter must go to the local government areas and wards to collect the PVCs.
Ahon in the statement said: “There have been series of million man marches and campaigns in progress. Many are expressing their desire for change in Nigeria, but this change will only come to fruition if registered voters collect their PVCs and cast their votes on election days.
“INEC has scheduled election for February 25, 2023 for Presidency and National Assembly and March 11 for Governorship and State Assemblies. For Nigerians to get the right persons into political offices, registered voters must collect their PVCs and vote”.
The IPC Chairman advised politicians and political party leaders to encourage their members and supporters to go out and collect their PVCs, failing which they would not be able to vote for candidates of their choices.
He, therefore, called on Deltans and Nigerians in general to wake up and see the collection of the PVCs as the beginning of change in Nigeria.
Ahon said though everyone seemed to be occupied with business ventures, people should all endeavour to create time out of their busy schedules to visit the INEC local government area offices to collect their PVCs.
The NUJ National Officer also pleaded with INEC staff at the local government area and ward levels to assist the people in whatever ways possible so that they could collect their PVCs without stress.
The Delta INEC REC, Revd. Monday Udoh Tom, had expressed dissatisfaction with the response of the people of Delta and the political parties towards collection of the Permanent Voters’ Cards in the state.
In a recent stakeholders meeting organized by INEC, the REC lamented the poor response of Deltans and the leadership of political parties to INEC’s calls for the collection of PVCs.
He said despite the fact that INEC staff were doing a thankless job across the state, the people of Delta state were not coming forth to collect their PVCs, disclosing that over 300,000 PVCs were lying at the INEC offices across the state waiting for their owners to collect them.
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