Edo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says over 460,000 unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by registered voters in the state are still in its custody since 2016.
The new INEC state resident commissioner, Obo Effanga, made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting on the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) on Wednesday in Benin City, the state capital.
“We have a total of 1,900,423 registered voter in Edo State prior to the continuous voter registration.
At the end of 2016, we have distributed 1,445,749 PVC while over 460,000 voters are yet to collect their PVCs.
We have also registered additional 38,448 voters during the CVR,” he said.
Effanga also disclosed that the commission had registered 38,448 voters during the ongoing CVR in the state, which ended this week, saying six additional registration centres had been created in the state to afford more people the opportunity to register and carry out their civic responsibility.
While cautioning prospective eligible voters against double registration as the commission is poised to prosecute those found wanting, he called on the people to support the commission through sensitisation of the people on the need to come out to register, noting that it was the only way to exercise their franchise.
He however assured that the commission would remain neutral in its assignment, and advised politicians not to always fraternise with the election body but the electorate that would determine their fate during elections.
Speakers at the stakeholders’ meeting however appealed to the new REC to be fair to all party and work towards ensuring credible election in the state.