Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Special Duties and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) Dr. Florence Amaka Akudo has stressed the dire need for people to endeavour to collect their permanent voter cards as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would destroy such cards after a period of time.
She said INEC reserved the exclusive right to destroy all unclaimed PVCs if the owners didn’t come to claim them.
Speaking at a press conference in Awka on Tuesday to mark the end of the first phase of the sensitisation on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), the governor’s aide said they had successfully ended the first round of campaign on “YOUR PVC, YOUR POWER”
She said that as at May ending this year, there were about two million registered voters in the state and urged them not to tarry any longer but hasten up to collect their PVCs as the apex electoral commission would not hesitate to destroy them if the owners didn’t claim them.
Akudo stated that government had taken campaign on the continuous voter registration to major stakeholders in the state considered to be critical in spreading the campaign in their respective domains pointing out that the core message in the course of the sensitisation centred on continuous registration.
She noted that those whose cards were defaced, spoilt or had wrong spellings, were requested to visit INEC registration centres for replacement of their PVCs while those on transfer from where they registered previously, were equally advised to visit INEC registration centres and get their particulars transferred to their new locations. He pointed out that it was an offence to register twice.
She however thanked the Governor for his vision and commitment in kind and resources towards ensuring that those who had not got their PVCs due to one reason or the other were properly sensitised into availing themselves of the opportunity provided by the on-going voter registration, stressing that the governor placed much premium on the continuous voter registration.
According to her, the governor created a full-fledged office solely for CVR and that it was the first of its kind. He noted that the office was charged with continuous voter registration and continuous voter education as the second phase of the campaign would commence soon with continuous voter education.