2019: Over 100,000 unclaimed voters cards in Anambra state

Chukwuka Ugokwe,Awka


Over 100,000 unclaimed permanent voters cards (PVCs) remain unclaimed in the
twenty one Local Government Areas of Anambra State, South east Nigeria.

A breakdown of this figure indicates that the cards were from voter registrations just before the 2015 general election.

According to the Public Relations Officers for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State, Mr. Leo Nkedife:  “People register and they do not come to collect their voter’s cards.

“We have been creating awareness and carrying out sensitization programmes and even when you fix dates for people to come, they will not until the rush hour when it is about two or three days to close the exercise.

“As I speak to you, we have over 100,000 permanent voter’s cards that are yet to be claimed by the owners.

“These are registrations carried out before now and during the last general elections.”

He, however, added that permanent voter’s cards for the extended period were not ready at the moment, promising that when they were, it would be made public, before December.

Also, nine more biometrics machines for the registration of voters have been distributed to each of the twenty one Local Government Areas of the State.

“This is to enable us expedite action in the registration of eligible voters. You know that we extended the date to allow people turn out and register and we still have three more days to go,” he concluded.