Sokoto: INEC distributes 1.7m PVCs, returns 155,958 uncollected to CBN
THE Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Mallam Sadiq Abubakar of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in Sokoto has revealed that a total number of 1,726,887 permanent voters card (PVCs) has so far been distributed to the electorates in the State.
Speaking on Thursday during a stakeholders meeting organised by the Commission with leaders political parties in the State, Abubakar revealed that out of 1,892,378 total PVCs collected from INEC Headquarters, only 1,726,887 were distributed to the electorates in the State.
He further revealed that the total number of registered voters in the state as at close of registration stands at 1,903,166, while the remaining uncollected PVCs totalling 155,958 has been returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safekeeping in accordance with the law.
On the issue of Ad-hoc staff to be deployed for the elections, the REC explained that out of a total number of 50,000 that applied for the job, only 20,000 were selected for the training out of 16,000 are only needed for the elections.
He maintained that the bulk of the Ad-hoc staff is from serving Corp members and those of 2017 corpers, alongside students of Usman Danfodio University Students (UDUS) in the State.
Speaking on the preparation of the Commission, the INEC boss maintained that all the non-sensitive materials for the election have already been distributed to the different Local Governments offices of the Commission.
According to him, ” All INEC vehicles for this election that will pick both sensitive and non-sensitive materials are already
tracked and being monitored from Abuja”.
He commended the party leadership in the state for their co-operation while reminding them to warn their supporters not to engage themselves in anything that will affect the conduct of the elections in a negative way.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ibrahim Ka’oje also sound warning to the politicians as well as the electorates in the State. He urged the people of the State to continue to maintain peaceful conduct during and after the election.
He revealed that his men and other security agencies in the State are fully ready for the forthcoming general elections in the State.