Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed to traditional rulers in Nasarawa state to encourage their subjects to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Dr Uthman Ajidagba, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Nasarawa State, made the appeal at an interactive session with traditional rulers on Monday in Lafia.
Ajidagba noted that in spite of the huge resources invested in the electoral process, particularly the production of PVCs, over 300,000 cards were still in INEC custody across all the local government areas of the state.
He said the interactive session with the traditional rulers was in recognition of their role as fathers to all stakeholders.
The REC added that the interactive session with the traditional rulers was in appreciation of their contribution to the successes of the commission’s activities in the state.
Ajidagba said the commission would embark on another round of distribution and collection of PVCs at the registration area (ward level) between Jan. 16 and Jan. 21.
He said the essence of decentralising the collection points of the PVC was to ensure that those in the rural communities got their cards without much stress.
“It is our hope that as our royal fathers, you will kindly call on your subjects to go out and collect their PVCs,” Ajidagba said.
He also appealed to the traditional rulers to call on the youth and political actors in their domains to desist from utterances and actions capable of inciting violence before, during and after the elections.
Ajidagba also urged political office seekers to base their campaigns on issues, devoid of character assassination of their opponents.
Alhaji Shehu Chindo-Yamusa III, the Emir of Keffi, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, assured INEC of their support towards the success of the forthcoming general elections.
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