The Niger State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Nasiru Ayilara, has lamented the poor turnout of the electorate for the collection of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) across the state.
The new Resident Electoral Commissioner, during an interview, noted that only 28% of eligible voters across the state has collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
“Eleven Local Governments have finished their own distributions at the PU (Polling Unit) level, (while) its still ongoing at the Local Government level.
“For the 11 Local Governments that have finished, reliably we have recorded 28% but for the 14 Local Governments still ongoing, we are still awaiting the figures from the field,” he said.
He added that the situation might require more awareness from the electoral body; “We might take another proactive measure locally by going back to our various wards again…just as to ensure that our people have their cards before February.”
He appealed to residents of the state to endeavour to collect their cards at the commission’s offices across the state, as that remained the only way they would be able to participate in the forthcoming general elections.