By MARTHA NYAM
JOS- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is low turnout of people for collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by residents of Plateau.
Plateau Resident Electoral Commissioner Olivo Agundu announced this at a meeting with stakeholders in Jos on Thursday.
He noted that the state recorded only 26 per cent of PVC total collection with thousands of PVCs yet to be collected.
He said that the meeting was part of the commission’s commitment to sustaining engagement with the public and to ensure that citizens participate in the general elections.
“It is pertinent to, therefore, bring to your notice and by extension the entire people of Plateau that so far, the level of collection is abysmally poor and the attitude of the public towards the exercise is not encouraging.
“This is especially in our collective quest for an inclusive and participatory elections in February and March; time is not on our side.
“If this trend continues and the lukewarm attitude is not checked, we may have a situation where a large percentage of our people will not be participating in this election,” he said.
Agundu also noted that the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the accreditation of prospective voters “remains sacrosanct.
The commissioner promised to keep Plateau residents updated on the commission’s level of preparedness and emerging issues.
The state chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo in his remark, urged the public to get their voters card.
According to him, the voters card remain the only tool they have to get the change they desire.
Lubo also called on politicians to encourage their supporters during campaigns to go get their PVCs.(NAN)