70% PVCs not collected in Niger – REC

The Niger state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Samuel Egwu has said that over 70% of personal voter cards have not been collected by registered voters in the state.
Professor Egwu stated this at a press conference in Minna.
He explained that only 26,673 people collected their PVC out of 198, 038 registered in 2018.
Lamenting the low collection rate in the state, the REC said that 132,000 PVCs from 2011 to 2014 registration exercise still remained uncollected in the state.
He said: “In addition, INEC has received 6,873 PVCs for transfered cases arising from Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise for 2017 only.
Consistent with low collection rate already reported, only 61 of the owners representing 1% have come forward to collect their PVCs.” While expressing concern over the low collection rate of PVCs, the REC said it may be due to death of owners and youth corps members who may have finished their service and relocated from the state and federal workers who may have been transferred from the state.
He said that the commission has directed staff to stay beyond official closing hours during the week and weekends to attend to people in order to enhance the

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