Elections: INEC to display Voters’ Register in Kogi State
Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja.
The Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, announced this at a Media Briefing in Lokoja, the State capital, North-Central Nigeria.
“This is to enable Nigerians who had registered to go and verify their names and actual polling units that they will be voting at all the elections in 2023.
“When people go to search for their names where they voted last time, they will be directed to the right place by the revision officers or assistant revision officers accordingly,” he said.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner sought the cooperation and assistance of the media through collaborative engagements for wider publicity of the activities of the electoral Commission in the state.
“In our efforts to sanitize the process of voting, INEC had to decongest some polling units and have converted some polling units into new polling units so as to decongest previously congested polling units.
“However, citizens of Kogi state have not responded positively to INEC’s call for people to go and collect their PVCs,” said the Resident Commissioner.
Dr. Longpet noted that INEC will ensure strict adherence to the timeline provided by the Electoral Act 2022, adding that the Commission’s efforts need to be complemented by the Nigerian public, and in particular residents of Kogi state.
He appealed for the cooperation of the media in the state to assist the Electoral Commission achieve the tasks ahead of INEC.
“The media is expected to serve as mediators in the electoral process and, as such, cannot afford not to be involved and play those roles the media play all over the world in shaping the political landscapes of various countries,” said Dr. Longpet.
Longpet, said only twenty-eight per cent of the permanent voters’ cards out of nearly two million registered voters in the state have so far received their PVCs while others are not coming forward to collect their PVCs. This, he noted, has given a cause for the INEC to be worried over the low rate of PVC collection in the state.