By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—THE nonchalant attitude of Imo people to the collection of their Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVC, is now a source of worry for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Imo State, Professor Francis Ezeonu, stated this in Owerri, while addressing the clergy, security personnel, royal fathers and other stakeholders, to round off his sensitization tour of the 27 local council areas of the state.
“The nonchalant attitude of Imo people to the collection of PVCs is most worrisome. People must realize that in order to vote in credible candidates, there is the need for the citizenry to arm themselves with their PVCs”, Professor Ezeonu said.
While announcing that he has concluded the statewide sensitisation tour, Ezeonu also said that registration of voters is now a continuous exercise.
“I must also remind eligible voters that registration of eligible voters is now a continuous process. The exercise will continue, even after the 2019 general elections”, Ezeonu said.
He passionately appealed to politicians to encourage their supporters to appreciate the importance of the exercise, as well as making sure they protect their votes.
While saying that voting will only take place in designated places stipulated by the Commission, the REC however added that “new settlements have been identified and are being taken into consideration”.
Welcoming the stakeholders earlier, the Electoral Officer in Owerri Municipal, Mr. Andrew Ereforokuma, disclosed that “In the first phase of the exercise, we registered 17,913. The males accounted for 9,024, while 8,889 women were registered.”