By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The New Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor James Iorliam Apam has disclosed that a total of 282,747 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) have not been collected in Kogi State despite the persistent calling for collection.
Prof. Apam who disclosed this while speaking in during the Stakeholders meeting at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja, stated that the commission will continue to improve on the electoral process in the country.
He explained that as the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise progresses, the commission has registered a total of 61,075 eligible voters out of which 21,488 are male and 29,607 are female since the commencement of exercise since April 2017.
According to him, the INEC in Kogi State has attended to 2,198 cases of transfer of per,spent voters cards, While the commission has distributed a total of 8,176 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) during the period under review.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) noted that politicians and political parties are critical stakeholders in the electoral processes, urging that INEC needs the cooperation of all for the violence free election in the country.
He tasked the leaders of the Political Parties in the State to sensitize their party loyalist on the need to avoid electoral crisis that always associated with election period.
The INEC boss his personal opinion also noted that the people of like minds with genuine intentions to move the country forward may align with the people in already established instead of multiplicity of political parties as the case may in Nigeria presently.
However the absence of the ruling Party in the State, All Progressive Congress steered crisis when the representatives of other Parties drew attention to it.