Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State, yesterday lamented that about 215,000 Permanent Voter Cards are yet to be claimed by owners few months to governorship election in spite of its sensitization and campaign programmes .
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof Abdulganiy Raji, said: “We have done a lot of jingles and also working with all our outfits in the 16 local governments for voter education, but despite our people seem to be showing apathy.
“We are hopeful that all these will be collected before that election, because our aim is to ensure that we have high turnout during that election like we witnessed in July 21, 2014”.
He assured that cases of underage voting won’t be allowed during the July 14 governorship election in the state, and clarified that the electoral body has not allowed such tendency during registration exercises that had been undertaken in Ekiti since inception, assuring that such won’t be witnessed in the impending election.
He said the body won’t allow any sharp practice, including underage voting that can vitiate the electoral process during the poll.
“From inception, we have not accepted such tendency here in Ekiti and we won’t tolerate it. Election is a serious matter that has to do with people’s sovereignty that must not be abridged in any form.
“So, we are assuring you that the Ekiti governorship election will meet international standard. We will improve on our outstanding past records to the extent that all the political parties and stakeholders will have cause to commend us”.
He said the state government has been partnering traditional rulers, religious organizations, political parties and the media to increase the political awareness of the electorate in Ekiti.
Also, he INEC is working with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where we will draw our ad hoc staff from.\