By Aminu Garko, Bida.
A total of 150,988 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are still waiting for collection by their owners in Niger, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Niger State, Yushau Ahmed, announced this on Sunday in Bida when he paid a courtesy call on the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar.
The visit was part of ongoing efforts to mobilise those, who had registered, to strive to collect their PVCs.
The INEC official told the traditional ruler that the cards were spread across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.
Ahmed appealed to the traditional and religious leaders in the state to mobilise the affected people to visit the headquarters of their local governments to collect their PVCs, warning, however, that no card would be given by proxy.
He said that the visit was to pay homage and seek royal blessings and prayers, ahead of the 2023 general election, while promising to conduct credible elections that would be acceptable to all.
The REC also called for a peaceful electioneering, urging the traditional rulers to emphasise the need for that to political actors.
“Politicians must ensure decorum in their campaigns; they must play the game by the rules.
“Any conduct that will breed violence and thuggery will not be tolerated,” he warned.
Responding, the Etsu Nupe expressed gratitude for the visit, describing it as timely and symbolic.
He advised INEC to decentralise the collection of the PVCs to the polling unit level to ease access.