The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State, Ibrahim Abdullahi has confirmed that no fewer than 33,972 permanent voter cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected in the state.
The INEC commissioner disclosed this on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ meeting for update on the level of preparedness for the general election slated to hold on February 16 and March 2, 2019, held at the INEC office in Bauchi.
He said that as at January 10, a total number of 32,972 permanent voter cards were yet to be collected.
The INEC boss said that the commission had recruited all the ad hoc staff that will man the conduct of the election, adding that the recruitment was strictly based on the policies and guidelines of INEC.
According to him, the commission has received all the required non-sensitive materials, adding that the last batch of materials is being offloaded at the central bank in which representatives of political parties will witness the distribution of the election materials.
“I am appealing to political parties, who fielded candidates, to comply with section 45 of the electoral act 2010 as amended which provides that each political party must notify the electoral officer of the local government in writing to appoint a polling agent for each polling unit and coalition centre in the local government for which it has a candidate.
“The notice must state the name and address of the polling agents which will be given to the electoral body at least seven days before the date fixed for the election,” he said.
DAILY POST reports that the stakeholders meeting was attended by security agents, leaders of political parties, religious leaders, civil society organizations and media practitioners.