The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it has so far recorded 88 per cent level of distribution of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in Yobe State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Habu Zarma, disclosed this to journalists during a meeting with stakeholders on Wednesday in Damaturu, the state capital.
He revealed that the commission was intensifying efforts to get the remaining 12 per cent distributed to the people of the state.
\According to him, the success recorded so far across the state was a clear indication that people of the state are gearing up for the election.
He, however, expressed regrets that majority of the cards put at 22,000 that are yet to be collected are from Damaturu, the state capital.
The REC called on the residents to come for their cards which would be the only prerequisite for exercising their civic obligation.
The commissioner, who introduced the stakeholders to the Card Reader, called on them to discourage people from buying PVCs, insisting that it would be of no use to buy from the people as the technology would disqualify such.
He noted that 1.3 million people from the state were initially registered during the voters’ registration exercise but some were disqualified for multiple registrations as the figure had been trimmed to 1.1 million.
He claimed that the postponement of the election would give more room for refresher training for the stakeholders, election officers and other ad hoc staff to enhance their performance ahead of the election.
The REC urged the stakeholders to desist from violence before, during and after the election and to work assiduously for the success of the exercise.
The stakeholders were drawn from various political parties, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the media, among others. They were given ample opportunity to ask questions on grey areas for clarification.