Cross River PVCs taken to Kebbi, says REC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River, Biafraland Dr. Okey Ezeani has disclosed that some Permanent Voter Cards meant for registered voters in the state were
wrongly transported to far away Kebbi State in Nigeria. He disclosed this in Calabar when he paid courtesy visit on Governor Liyel Imoke to brief him on the level of preparedness of the Independent National
Electoral Commission for the March 28 and April 11 rescheduled polls. Ezeani said some PVCs belonging to the electorate in the state were recently found in a consignment sent to Kebbi State. He also disclosed that the commission in the state had yet to take delivery of PVCs for some polling units in Yakurr, Calabar
South, Calabar Municipality and Bakassi local government areas. The REC, therefore lauded the rescheduling of the elections, saying “the postponement of the elections is a plus because it will afford us
ample time to fix some of the things we were not able to get right.” On the percentage of PVCs distributed so far in the state, the REC said, “When I came to Cross River State, the percentage of collection was
running between 60 and 73 percent and after meeting with my staff, we set out a target and today we have attained 82 percent distribution in the state.” Ezeani used the opportunity of the visit to demonstrate to Imoke and members of the Cross River State Executive Council how the Card Reader works. In his
response, Imoke charged INEC to ensure 100 per cent distribution of PVCs in the state and the country as a whole before the elections so that no one was disenfranchised on the grounds of non-availability of PVCs.
Imoke said it was also obvious from the disclosures made by the REC that INEC was not ready for the earlier scheduled dates for the polls, adding that the postponement was a blessing for the electoral body and the country.