person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder February 8, 2019 15:14:50


By Chioma Nwankwo/Nkiru Mbunabo

Onitsha (Onitsha North LGA), Feb. 8, 2019 (MOI) Residents of Onitsha North LGA turned out in large numbers to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concludes distribution.

Onitsha North Electoral Officer, Mr Samuel Nimem, told newsmen the monitoring exercise that enough ``awareness was created by the state government and towns unions.

``They did a lot to sensitise people on the need to pick up their PVCs and to participate in the General Elections.’’

``We distributed many PVCs to the electorate since the distribution started; people have been turning out en mass for their PVCs and it is quite encouraging.’’

Mr Nimem noted that the PVC distribution had been ongoing since January, and it would end on Feb. 8.

``If we are asked to extend the distribution of the PVCs we are equal to the task,’’ he said.

Nimen explained that those who did not collect their PVCS, were those who did not present their Temporary Voter cards (TVCs), saying that some of them misplaced theirs while some have might have destroyed theirs.

He urged those yet to collect their PVCs to do so, before the expiration on Feb. 8 or stand disenfranchised from during the General Election.

Mr Uche Nwambo, an electorate said he came to INEC office by 9.ooam and before 10.30am, he was given his PVC without having to bribe anyone.

 Another electorate, Mrs Ogochukwu Oli, expressed satisfaction at the manner in which the PVCs were given out to people without delays or harassments.

She commended the INEC officials for a job well done in the LGA, saying: ``they take their work seriously’’.

Acting Head of Personal Management (HPM), Onitsha North, Dorothy Nwokoye, enjoined all eligible voters yet to collect their permanent voter’s cards to do so, in order to participate in the General Elections.

Controller, National Population Commission (NPC), Onitsha North, Mr Emmanuel Ahanze said: ``to vote is my right and it can only be valid with voter’s card’’.

Mr Ahanze pleaded with all involved to endeavor to collect their PVCs as the election was fast approaching. (MOI)