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REC leads campaign for collection of 500, 525 PVCs in Imo

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Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo State, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, has disclosed that unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the state have risen to 500, 525.

He disclosed this yesterday in Owerri when he led workers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a road walk across major streets.

Ezeonu expressed concern at the figures, which rose from 345, 742 in April this year to the current quantity.

He appealed to registered voters who are yet to collect their PVCs to visit the nearest INEC office to do so.

Briefing journalists on the issue, he said: “It is regretful that we have a lot of unclaimed PVCs still in our custody. Out of over 380,000 cards of 2011 and 2014 registrants released to us at the beginning of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), exercise in April 2017, about 243,742 are yet to be claimed.

“Again, out of 72,237 cards received in respect of those who registered in 2017, about 49,252 are yet to be to be collected. Just recently, we received 110,627 PVC in respect of people who registered in the first quarter of 2018.”

He added that only a paltry 3,096 have so far been collected in the last three weeks, leaving a balance of 107,531uncollected.

He said the exercise is aimed at removing ineligible people such as deceased registered voters, non- Nigerians, registrants with still pictures, under-aged and voters with multiple registrations.

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