Voter Card: Anambra Residents Requests For Extension of Exercise

By KayCee August 25, 2014 07:36

Some residents of Anambra State, at the weekend, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the time for the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) distribution in the state.

The PVC distribution and continuous voter registration, which commenced on August 15 was scheduled to end on Sunday, August 24 (yesterday).

Some of the residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka, decried the inefficient machines used in the exercise.

The Chairman of the Campaign for Democracy, South-East zone, Mr Uzor Uzor, said the distribution should be extended by one week.

Uzor noted that heavily populated areas like Onitsha and Nnewi had not been covered because voters, who want to obtain their cards complained of breakdown of machine.

“It is going well but at a very slow pace,’’ Uzor said.

Also, a politician, Chief Godson Ezenagu, said with the way the exercise had gone, only about 35 per cent of voters would be captured if INEC ends the distribution on Sunday.

Ezenagu urged INEC to extend the closing date, deploy more machines and create more awareness.

“I will say the process is very slow, INEC should buckle up, with the pace at which they are going I am not sure they will cover up to 35 per cent of potential voters.

“If their intention is to cover all eligible voters, they should extend the days, bring more machines and better trained personnel,” Ezenagu said.

Other people that spoke with NAN advised INEC to extend the date of the exercise and give it more publicity, so that eligible voters could be captured.



By KayCee August 25, 2014 07:36