The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced village to village issuance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in Zamfara state in its effort to ensure that all eligible voters get their cards before the 2019 general elections.
The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Asmau Maikudi made the disclosure at a press briefing in Gusau on Wednesday.
She said that the distribution of the cards was merged with another innovation introduced by the commission which is the mobile capture of the voters through moving from one community to another.
According to her, the commission has listened to earlier requests by political parties and community leaders on the need for more registration machines which led to the provision of 16 additional data capture machines.
Maikudi said that the addition brought the total number of the machines in the state to 30 which enhanced voters’ registration in all the 14 local government areas.
She, however lamented that eligible voters had not been coming forward to get themselves registered.
Maikudi noted that only 72,000 persons had so far been registered in the state since the continuous voter registration exercise started in the last nine months.
She, therefore, appealed to political parties and community leaders to continue to enlighten members of the general public to avail themselves of the opportunity to register.
She explained that this would make them to obtain their permanent voters cards which would enable them to vote for people of their choices in the coming elections.