39,000 PVC ready for distribution in Niger

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Niger State has 11,000 cases awaiting transfer of permanent voter cards (PVCs) and 39,000 PVCs ready for distribution.

The outgoing Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of the state, Prof Sam Egwu, said the commission had approved a window for people with pending business during the voter registration exercise to conclude their registration .

Egwu made the revelation when he handed over to Alhaji Yakubu Duku, the Administrative Secretary in a brief ceremony in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He said: “Although the physical appearance of new enrollees or transfers has been stopped, there are pending approvals for people already on the pending processes of different levels of approval. Plans are underway by the commission on how to contact owners in their respective local government areas.

The outgoing REC said the commission registered more than 385,854 people in the concluded voter registration exercise and set up about 4,950 polling stations in the 25 local government areas of the state.

“INEC has created additional voting units in addition to the already existing voting units throughout the state, basically to ensure that each voting unit has no fewer than 50 voters during elections, and to s ensure that there are no zero voting units,” he said.

He however said that one of the main challenges for the commission in Niger State ahead of the general elections is educating people about the locations of the new voting units before and during the elections.

Egwu praised the state’s political parties for the just-concluded primary elections, noting that 19 disputes have been reported by aggrieved candidates, four of the cases have been withdrawn, while 15 are pending trial.

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