Over 368,000 PVCs yet to be collected in Imo – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Imo State said about 368,000 permanent Voters Cards PVCs are yet to be collected by their owners in Imo State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu stated this in an interaction with the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria OMPAN in his office during a courtesy visit by the Online Media handlers.
Professor Ezeonu described the development as worrisome adding that the commission has stopped very other exercise except the collection of PVCs. “we have stopped all other exercise except the collection of PVCs and collection of PVCs will continue until one week to the election”, he said.
He said INEC may consider the option of stopping people from going into the polling booth with their mobile phones, saying that incidents had been recorded where some voters use their phones to snap the ballot paper after thumb-printing so as to use it as a ‘meal ticket’ to get money from politicians.
The Imo resident electoral commissioner said INEC is also considering the option of increasing the distance from the registration point to the polling booth so as to make it difficult for a voter to show other people the information on his ballot paper.
He said some politicians are in the habit of cloning other peoples PVCs so as to vote multiple times, adding that such PVCs cannot be authenticated by INEC’s card reader.
Professor Ezeonu said out of all the countries in Africa, it is only Namibia that is practicing electronic voting and expressed optimism that “Nigeria will get there some day”.
According to him, “INEC will make use of Registration Area Camps (RAC), saying it is not possible to deliver the election materials on the Election Day from the Local Government to all the polling units before 8 o’clock in the morning”.
He said INEC will make use of halls and designated schools located close to the polling units where the election materials and the INEC ad hoc staffs will pass the night so as to ensure that the officials and the materials get to the polling units before 8am on Election Day.
He said this method was used during the Ekiti governorship election and it worked perfectly well, adding that the vehicles which deployed the election materials were closely monitored such that if a particular vehicle stops at place for up to 10 minutes, it will trigger off an alarm.
Earlier, the Imo state chairman of OMPAN, Mr. Ebere Inyama said they were at INEC office to establish a working relationship with INEC and to offer the electoral umpire an opportunity to make use of credible online platforms in the process disseminating information to the general public in the months ahead.
INEC expressed their willingness to partner with the online media practitioners in the areas of media and publicity ahead of the 2019 general election.