231,900 PVCs uncollected in Gombe – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that no fewer than 231,900 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected in Gombe State.

Speaking during a briefing at the Commission’s office on Wednesday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of the state, Umar Ibrahim, who disclosed that the figure of yet-to-be-collected PVCs was based on the previous registration for the 2019 elections, urged the registrants to pick up their PVCs to participate in the 2023 polls.

The REC said, “The total number of uncollected PVCs in Gombe State as of December 20, 2022, is 231,900.”

“I urge you to join us in calling on those who registered, transferred, updated their biodata, or requested for replacement of their lost or damaged PVCs to go and collect their PVCs. The Commission’s preparation has however not been without challenges.”

Ibrahim noted that the Commission would not like to pre-empt the process, stressing that there were plans to ensure that it conducted run-offs if it became necessary.

“That will wait until that time because we can’t say there will be run-off or there will not be run-off elections but when the time comes, INEC is fully prepared for it”.

He also condemned the constant burning of its facilities, stating that the Commission was ever committed to free, fair, and credible polls.

He added, “The inglorious burning of our facilities in some parts of the country is a deliberate step aimed at creating fear in the hearts of Nigerians and preventing the Commission from carrying out its constitutional mandate.”

“In the face of these challenges, we remain resolute and committed to the conduct of free, fair, credible, all-inclusive, and accountable elections that all Nigerians will be proud of in 2023. Even though we have not witnessed any case of destruction of our offices/assets in Gombe State, we have sadly noticed some cases of clashes between supporters of opposing parties and destruction of billboards/posters.”

 

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