The Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukogu has expressed displeasure over the poor response in the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by prospective voters in the state.
Onukogu spoke in Enugu on Tuesday when he addressed newsmen shortly after he took over as Enugu State REC of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said that available records showed that only 65 per cent of the PVCs had been distributed in the state.
“I am a little bit disillusioned that the distribution of PVCs in the state is low. Voter apathy is a precursor to bad leadership.
“My primary concern now is for people to come and collect their cards because all of us must come together to break voter apathy and make our people committed,” he said.
Onukogu said that the commission would device means to distribute the PVCs to enable eligible voters to exercise their civic rights.
“It will be difficult for credible leaders to emerge in the midst of voter apathy and we must find a way to break.
“We in INEC have to re-strategise, even if it means taking the collection centres closer to the people.
“We are targeting 85 per cent PVCs distribution and after we had done our best and the people refuse, then, there is nothing else we can do,” he said.
Onukogu said that the 2015 general elections would no longer be business as usual for those that perverted the system through multiple voting.
“Those who have broken our stores to steal our PVCs are just wasting their time because they cannot use the cards for their intended purpose,” he said.
He said that card readers would be deployed by the electoral commission to identify such fraud.
Onukogu appealed to those who had not collected their PVCs to proceed to their local government area INEC offices to take delivery of their cards.
Earlier, the outgoing REC, Dr Lawrence Azubuike, said that although the distribution of the PVCs was a continuous exercise, eligible voters should make efforts to collect them before the end of January.
Azubuike said that INEC office in Enugu had started receiving non-sensitive materials for the polls.