By Chidiebere Iwuoha
Barely one year to the next general elections in Nigeria, Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, has disclosed that there are up to 370,000 Permanent Voter Cards that are yet to be claimed in the state.
He dislcosed this when the executive members of the Imo state Correspondents’ Chapel led by Steve Uzoechi paid him a courtesy visit in Owerri on Friday.
Ezeonu, therefore, called on the people of the state to do everything they could to claim their PVCs, adding that it was the only thing they needed to exercise their civic responsibility in 2019.
He urged those who had not registered before or those who changed their areas of registration to avail themselves of the opportunity of the ongoing INEC Registration to update themselves.
The REC, who informed that Card Reader would be used for the election, said the machine had been improved upon and made more sensitive and faster to serve voters on election day.
He assured that with the development it would be difficult to rig elections as electoral results would be announced electronically as was done in the last election in Anambra state.
Ezeonu, who said that the media would play a critical role in the 2019 Elections, said INEC was ready to partner with Journalists to build confidence in the electorate.