The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo says it has 385, 654 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) yet to be collected by residents in the state.
Prof. Francis Ezeonu, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), disclosed this at a one-day Stakeholders Forum held in Owerri on Wednesday.
He said that only 1,435 PVCs, which is about 0.004 per cent of the total 397,089 PVCs, had been collected so far.
Ezeonu expressed worry that registered voters were not desirous to collect their PVCs.
According to him, people could only exercise their political powers to the extent that they had the card to vote and chose their leaders.
“The commission is not also very satisfied that the women are not turning out in droves to register.
“The commission’s gender policy focuses at creating platforms for equal access and participation of both men and women in the electoral process,” he said.
Dailytrust quoted Ezeonu as appealing to women and other critical stakeholders to use the opportunity of the women’s annual August meeting to mobilise women to participate actively in the exercise.
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