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INEC Announces Time For Distribution of PVCs To Owners Ahead Of 2019 Elections
03-08-2018, 07:00 AM,
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INEC Announces Time For Distribution of PVCs To Owners Ahead Of 2019 Elections
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
says the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs)
to their owners will begin by middle of May.
The Ebonyi INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),
Godswill Obioma, disclosed this at a strategic security
interactive meeting on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strategic
meeting involved INEC officials, representatives of
security outfits involved in the conduct of the election as
well as the National Orientation Agency (NOA), and the
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Mr. Obioma said that the commission would commence
the distribution of the PVCs to eligible electorate, who
registered between 2017 and 2018.
He urged security officials, who were yet to register, to
take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter
Registration (CVR) to register.
He further urged members of the security agencies, who
transferred from other locations, wishing to transfer their
cards to Ebonyi to approach any INEC office nearest to
them for the transfer.
He warned against double registration, noting that any
double registration would result to cancellation and
disqualification of the voter.
“We have concluded arrangements for the distribution of the
Permanent Voter Cards to their owners and the exercise
begins by mid May and will involve those who registered
between 2017 and 2018.
“We have begun early to plan for the 2019 elections and I
want to assure you that we will do our best to eliminate
factors that will compromise outcome, credibility and integrity
of the elections.
“Let me use the opportunity to urge officers who have not
registered to register and those wishing to do card transfer to
visit any INEC office for the update,” Obioma said.
The resident commissioner said that the strategic
meeting was part of the early preparatory arrangements
by the commission aimed at mobilising its critical
partners and stakeholders.
He said that the interactive security meeting would
deepen collaboration between the security operatives and
the commission and boost proper security arrangements
and understanding ahead of the elections.
According to him, the meeting is running concurrently at
the three senatorial zones of Ebonyi including Ebonyi
South, Ebonyi Central and Ebonyi North senatorial zones.
“The briefing is called cluster briefing running concurrently at
the three Senatorial zones of the state which has in
attendance all security agencies involved in the Inter Agency
Consultative on Election Security (IACES).
“The aim is to plan properly, especially in the areas of
security and the idea is to share information on the proper
conduct of elections.
“The commission is making plans in earnest for smooth,
transparent and credible elections and we need adequate
security to ensure safety and security of INEC staff and
materials,” he said.
He explained that IACES had set up a security sub-
committee to identify number of security personnel to be
deployed to polling units and voting points.
He said that security operatives that would be involved in
the election would undergo a joint training programme
on election security.
He said the training would enable the operatives imbibe
high ethical standard before the elections as well as
equip them with knowledge of security strategies
developed by INEC to ensure credible poll.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi and
chairman of IACES, Titus Sumba-Lamorde, said security
operatives would ensure that safety of voters, INEC
materials and officials are guaranteed during the
elections.
The commissioner, who was represented by Linus
Iwuanyanwu, Divisional Police Officer, Izzi Police Division,
charged operatives who would be engaged in the
election exercise to display professionalism and high
ethical conduct.
He said that IACES and the commission would address
all security concerns that would be articulated in the
meeting with a view to enhancing proper security
arrangements before, during and after the elections.
“Security agencies will ensure proper synergy and
collaboration to enhance security of INEC sensitive and non-
sensitive materials including election officials during the
elections,” Sumba-Lamorde said.
He said the meeting was part of the Election Projects
Plan and contributions to enable the commission to
effectively plan on security matters for the election.
NAN reports that security agencies in attendance include:
Army, Police, Department of State Security, Prisons, Civil
Defence, Road Safety, National Drugs Law Enforcement
Agency and NOA among others.
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