The Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Riskuwa Rabi’u Shehu has revealed that over 688,972 out of 5,459,914 registered Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) are yet to be collected in the state.
Shehu, a professor, made the revelation on Tuesday, at a press conference, held at Mambayya House in Kano, shortly after stakeholders meeting with political party leaders ahead of 2019 election.
He said the uncollected PVC as at 31st October, 2018, include the number of those registered in 2011, 2015 and 2017/2018 respectively.
Prof. Shehu explained that, for voters who registered from April, 2017 to date, 75, 798 of them had already collected their PVC.
He further explained that, those who registered from the second quarter of 2018 to 31st August, their PVC would soon be ready for collection, adding that the commission is still waiting for the cards to arrive from the INEC headquarters.
“Before 2015 elections, we had 4, 994, 913 registered voters who participated in the last general elections in Kano. Presently, we have 5, 459, 914 registered and eligible voters who are supposed to participate in the 2019 general elections.
“But I must say that this figure is tentative because we are still cleaning the register to ascertain the number of people who are no longer here as a result of death, relocation or what have you. At the end of the day, the number may reduce,” he said
The REC added that, “already, we have prepared the list of all the eligible voters whose PVCs are ready and they are yet to collect them.
“We have decided to decentralize the distribution—we are now doing it Ward by Ward. We have already mobilized enough staff to be stationed across the 484 Wards in the state.
“We are also engaging traditional rulers, opinion leaders, religious leaders, as well as the media for proper sensitization of the people on the need for them to collect their PVCs to enable them perform their civic responsibilities in the forthcoming general elections,” he stated
He further revealed that about 74 candidates from 32 political parties are contesting for the three senatorial seats in Kano, while 401 candidates from 38 political parties are vying for 24 seats of the House of Representatives in the state.
Shehu however decried the menace of vote-buying in the country’s political setting, calling on all stakeholders to join hand with INEC to fight the ugly trend.
“It is very disheartening that somebody would sell his civic right to vote for good leaders, just for a peanut of N5000 or N10, 000. I urge the security agencies, media and politicians to help INEC fight this menace of vote buying. The general public should understand the implication of vote buying,” he lamented
He stressed that INEC would do its possible best to ensure that nobody sells or buys vote in the 2019 general elections.
He also lamented the issue of selling of Permanent Voters Card (PVC), particularly in Kano, stating that, “we heard the rumour of selling of PVCs in Kano. We have reported it to security agencies and we are not taking it lightly.”