The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in-charge of Rivers State, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, has disclosed that the commission had registered over 100,000 people across the state since the commencement of the on-going voters registration exercise.
Ikoiwak made this known after monitoring the exercise in four local government areas of Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru, Degema and Ahoada West, on Friday.
The INEC boss said those participating in the exercise should not panic as there was enough time for every eligible person to register, adding that the exercise would continue till the 2019 general elections.
He hinted that the issuance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) for those who have registered would be done in phases and enjoined those who had already registered to cross-check their names and other details in a period of one week set out for claims and objections to correct any anomalies before the issuance of their Permanent Voters Cards.
According to him, the first phase would end on July 20, 2017, for people who have registered to cross-check their details before printing as the exercise continuesand reiterated that adequate manpower and materials had been put in place to ensure that the exercise is successful and hitch-free.
Ikoiwak reiterated the importance of the exercise, adding that PVC is the commonest one while transacting business, especially for those who do not have International Passport, drivers’ license or National ID Card.
He called on the people to ensure that they participate fully in the on-going voters registration exercise so as to enable them vote in the forthcoming general elections and promised to continue the monitoring to get firsthand information on the exercise.