James Apam, a professor and resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Kogi State has said that a total of 282,747 permanent voters cards have not been collected in the state despite the persistent call for collection by the commission.
Professor Apam who disclosed this while speaking during the stakeholders’ meeting at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Lokoja, said the commission would continue to improve on the electoral process in the country.
He also said: “The Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise has registered a total of 61,075 eligible voters out of which 21,488 are male and 29,607 are female since the commencement of exercise in April 2017”.
The REC disclosed that the INEC in Kogi State has attended to 2,198 cases of transfer of permanent voters cards, while the commission has distributed a total of 8,176 PVCs during the period under review.
Apam equally noted that politicians and political parties are critical stakeholders in the electoral processes, urging that INEC needs the cooperation of all for the violence-free election in the country.
He tasked the leaders of political parties in the state to sensitise their party loyalists on the need to avoid electoral crisis that are always associated with election period.
Victoria Nnakiaike, Lokoja