The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara state has faulted poor response of the people of the state to collection of permanent voters cards (PVCs).
Alhaji Madami who said this in Ilorin, Kwara state capital at a stakeholders meeting ahead of 2023 elections said that from 2011 to 2019 it had a total number of 233, 856 uncollected PVCs, adding that “out of this only 20,752 were collected as at October this year leaving over 193,000 uncollected.
“Of the 46,602 new PVCs received from the INEC headquarters in the state only 18,885 had been collected with a balance of 27,602 awaiting collection.
“We are still having a lot of challenge in the state in terms of PVCs collection,” Resident Electoral Commission (REC) Attahiru G Madami has added
On incident PVCs collection, he hinted that the state had 20,506, adding that only 6,055 had so far been collected with 14,451 yet to be collected.
He added that the state had 43,008 invalid registration figures, one of the least, according to him in the country.
REC chair said that the state currently has 1,689,288 registration figures as opposed to 1,401,895 in 2019.
“Completed registration figures are 330,401 and valid registration figures are 287,393,” he said.
In his speech, the state police Commissoner Paul Odama warned politicians not to “feed” their supporters with hard drugs.
Odama said “Politicians should do well to embark on issue-based campaigns and no personality based campaigns. They should ensure that their followers are civil in all their actions. They should shun thuggery and damage to billboards of opposing parties.
“As enshrined in the Electoral Law, vote-buying and selling will not be allowed.
“On our part, we will do all within our powers to support and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that our democracy is firmly rooted in the country.
“Finally, the police and other security agents in the state have, at different times, strategized on how the elections will be free and credible.”