The new INEC FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has decried the non collection of over 246 thousand PVCs in the territory.
He made this known when he paid a visit to the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammad Musa Bello in Abuja
Alhaji Bello who revealed that the FCT electorate, from what he has observed since his assumption of office have demonstrated clear enthusiasm towards the forthcoming polls said new persons, especially those who have just attained the voting age have been coming forward to register.
Alhaji Bello however lamented that the Commission still has many uncollected PVCs of over 246,000 arising from the 2011, 2014 and 2016 exercises,called on the residents to come forward to collect these cards in order to be able to perform their civic obligations.
The Resident Electoral Commission commended the FCT Administration for their past support, and appealed for greater collaboration in the coming years, especially towards mobilising the residents to get their PVCs.
Responding, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, assured the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of his Administration’s readiness to partner with it to sensitize residents to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
The FCT Minister, who was represented on the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, assured the Electoral Commissioner that the Administration would collaborate with the Commission to sensitise the populace on the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration Exercise.
He added that the Fct Administration would work with all the Traditional Rulers as well as faith-based and community organizations to ensure that people take advantage of the ongoing exercise to register in order to be able to vote in the forthcoming elections.”
The Minister who noted that Abuja was prepared to showcase Nigeria’s Democratic testimonials to the world in all elections ,said the
FCT Administration,is committed to ensuring that there is effective voter education to check apathy as well as adequate security for the purpose of delivering free, fair and peaceful elections in the territory.
COV/ Remi Johnson