Following the disturbing trend involving attack of its personnel and forceful dispossession of Permanent Voter Cards – PVCs since the commencement of the last phase of PVC collection at Ward level, the Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC has withdrawn its personnel and directed that PVCs collection in Ikono Local Government Area and EdemAya III, in Ikot Abasi LGA, now be at INEC Local Government Area offices.
In a Press Release signed by INEC’s Head of Department Voter Education and Publicity, Anthony Patta, this has happened in Ikono Local Government Area and Ward 8 (EdemAya III) Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
INEC frowned at the disturbing trend, noting that the initiative to make PVCs available at Ward level was borne out of the need to help people of the state who cannot make the long trip to their Local Government Areas headquarters to collect their PVCs. The release stressed that while the Commission remains committed to the objective of ensuring that people are not disenfranchised, INEC will not continue to endanger the lives of its personnel or risk losing PVCs to hoodlums with dubious intentions.
While regretting the measure, INEC stressed that it became necessary and would be carried out across the State wherever the exercise is visited with violence aimed at forcefully carting away PVCs.
The Commission calls on political leaders to restrain their supporters and allow voters to take advantage of the 6-day opportunity to collect their PVCs at Ward Centers nearest to the them to enable them vote in 2019 General Elections.