Over 40,000 voters cards uncollected in Taraba- INEC

By Ikenga Chronicles October 19, 2017

Over 40,000 voters cards uncollected in Taraba- INEC

–Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that about 42,081 voters cards are lying in the commission’s offices in Taraba state.

The state administrative secretary of the commission Alhaji Muhammad U. Umar disclosed this yesterday at a press briefing in the commission’s head office in Jalingo.

While announcing the suspension of the second quarter of Continuous Voter Registration exercise, Umar said that over 47,415 new registrations were recorded in the state during the period under review but regretted that people were not coming forth to collect their cards despite efforts by the commission at sensitization.

He said that the commission was currently running a radio programme on the local radio stations and carrying out community sensitization but the efforts seem to be futile.

Umar regretted that Jalingo local government alone that is the state capital has a backlog of over 26,000 uncollected cards, and called on the people to come forth and check for their cards before election time so as to reduce the pressure that could mount on the heels of elections.

He said that the suspension of the voter registration exercise was to enable the commission to process the raw data collected and print the registers for claims and objections and subsequently publish the register in the various local government areas before proceeding to commence the third phase of the exercise on the 30th of October.

Umar also denied the allegations that there were underaged registration in the state insisting that some of the persons alleged to be underaged are in their forties.

He insisted that “the petition about underaged registration is simply unfounded. Some of the people alleged to be underaged that we have traced and found are actually in their forties and fifties. Some people that one may see and consider to be underaged come with evidence and you can not deny registering them once they have evidence to back them up”.

He said the commission has received almost a thousand transfers both intra and inter state and a total of 1,806 complaints for replacement of defaced, misplaced and faded Permanent Voters Cards PVCs.