The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 215,000 prospective voters in Ekiti State are yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) few months to election despite
sensitization and campaign programmes.
“So, we are assuring you that the Ekiti governorship election will
meet international standard. We will improve on our outstanding past
records to the extent that all the political parties and stakeholders
will have cause to commend us”.
He said INEC in the state had been partnering traditional rulers,
religious organizations, political parties and the media to increase
the political awareness of the electorate in Ekiti.
“We have done a lot of jingles and also working with all our outfits
in the 16 local governments for voter education, but despite our
people seem to be showing apathy. As we speak now, we have about
215,000 PVCs with us that are yet to be claimed .
“We are hopeful that all these will be collected before that election, because our aim is to ensure that we have high turnout during that election like we witnessed in July 21, 2014”.
Speaking on the preparedness of the electoral body for the governorship election, the INEC boss said: “Yes, we are working with
the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where we will draw our ad hoc staff from.
“We have started training them and engaging them in election seminars,
so that they can be well educated about the conduct of elections.
“We have started training for our staff here in INEC and we are
awaiting instructions from our national headquarters to lift ban on
electioneering campaigns, so that we can increase our work rate here
in our office”, he stated.