INEC Distributes 1,422,595 PVCs In Delta

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said a total of 1,422,595 Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) have so far been distributed out of 1,911,332 registered voters in Delta State. Administrative Secretary
of INEC in the state, Mr. Owhor Nathan, who disclosed this at the training workshop of mobilizing officers of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Asaba, said the distribution of the balance of 488,337 PVCs is on-going and would be completed before the general elections next month.
According to him, distribution of the PVCs have been further decentralized with the directive to electoral officers to move to the various communities to ensure that all registered voters get their cards.
Specifically, he stated that distribution of PVCs for Ika South Local Government where fresh registration of voters was carried, would be done on unit level for everybody to receive the card. Mr. Owhor also disclosed that consignment of card reading machines for accreditation and tracking of information on PVCs were yesterday received in Asaba.
The INEC Chief said the election would hold between 8.00am and 1.00pm while ballot papers
and result sheets would be shared a day before the election.
He affirmed that the commission needs 21,000 adhoc staff to be able to cope with the election holding in 3,624 polling units, 270 wards and 943 voting points in the state.
Earlier in his address, the state Director of NOA, Sir Isaac Ezechi, said the workshop was necessary to equip the officers with the necessary
information to further carry out aggressive voters’ education at the grassroots.
Sir Ezechi stated that the training of the officers would be followed with the training of NOA field officers and members of the citizens, volunteer corps in the various council areas.
The state director said it was expected that the officers carry out the training of citizens volunteer corps immediately so that they could embark on voters’ education in the various communities using theatre for development and community dialogue approaches.
He directed the officers to liaise with the electoral officers to organize forum for the inter-Agency committe