The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano, on Monday said 688, 972 eligible voters are yet to collect their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) in the state, ahead 2019 general elections.
INEC Head of Department (HOD) in-charge of Voters’ Education and Publicity in Kano, Garba Lawal Muhammad, told journalists in his office that the uncollected PVC as at 31st October, 2018, include the number of those registered in 2011, 2015 and 2017/2018 respectively.
He also stated that about 5, 459, 914 registered voters are eligible to participate in the 2019 elections in Kano.
He, however, noted that the figure may reduce, pointing out that, “I must say that this figure is tentative because we are still cleaning the register to ascertain the number of people who are no longer here as a result of death, relocation or what have you. At the end of the day, the number may reduce.”
Garba added that, “for those who registered from April, 2017 to date, we have 75, 798 registered voters who have already collected their PVC.
“However, for those who registered from the second quarter of 2018 to 31st August, 2018, their PVC will soon be ready for collection, as we are still waiting them to arrive from the headquarters.”
According to him, “before 2015 elections, we had 4, 994, 913 registered voters who participated in the last general elections. Presently, we have 5, 459, 914 registered and eligible voters who are supposed to participate in the 2019 general elections.
The INEC spokesman said the electoral body in Kano has launched aggressive sensitization campaign to enable voters who are yet to collect their PVC to do so before the elections, adding that, “already, we have prepared the list of all the eligible voters whose PVCs are ready and they are yet to collect them.
“We have decided to decentralize the distribution – we are now doing it Ward by Ward. We have already mobilized enough staff to be stationed across the 484 Wards in the state.
“We are also engaging traditional rulers, opinion leaders, religious leaders, as well as the media for proper sensitisation of the people on the need for them to collect their PVCs to enable them perform their civic responsibilities in the forthcoming general elections.”
Meanwhile, The AUTHORITY reports that 74 candidates from 32 political parties have been shortlisted to vie for the three senatorial seats in Kano, just as 401 candidates from 38 political parties are contesting for 24 seats of the House of Representatives in Kano stat