Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Frankland Briyai, has disclosed that over 5,000 permanent voters’ cards are yet to be collected by resident of the state ahead of the 2019 general election.
The Commissioner stated this at the weekend in an exclusive interview with BDSUNDAY in Calabar, the state capital, while speaking on the second phase of ongoing voters’ registration
He said that the commission was able to register over 73,000 people in the first phase of the exercise, noting that Obudu Local Government came top with over seven thousand voters; Yakurr came second with six thousand voters, and Bakassi registered over 2,800 voters because of the size of the local government.
According to the INEC Commissioner, the exercise will among other things, enable the people who have tuned 18 years and above since the last registration as well as those who did not register during the last exercise to register as voters.
The Commissioner also disclosed that 10 additional registration points have been approved for Cross River State in an effort to register more people during the ongoing exercise making a total of 28 registration point while more are expected to be created due to the difficult terrain in the state and increase demand from the stakeholders.
He appealed to those who have not collected their PVC to do so as the commission is poised to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the state in 2019. He said the Commission would allow those seeking to transfer their registration from one state to another or within a state from one poling unit to another to do so.
He also said that due to the difficult terrain in the state, stakeholders from Boki Local Government Area of the state have appealed to INEC to create additional registration point in the area of which he is waiting for approval from the headquarters.
MIKE ABANG, Calabar