Delta state resident electoral commissioner, Monday Udoh Tom, has revealed the consequences of not collecting permanent voters cards.
The commissioner made this revelation while presenting an address the PVC Collection and Political Campaign meeting held at the state INEC conference hall, Asaba.
Udoh said that the possession of PVC is a criteria for eligible citizens to exercise their fundamental right in deciding who emerges as their leader.
In his words “The possession of the PVC , you will all agree with me, more than ever before is a key eligibility criteria for those who desire to come out on any of the election days to give expression to their choices, through the ballot box.
Hence, the need to engage with critical stakeholders in Delta State, to join hands with the Commission to sensitize the populace on the importance of collecting the PVC, for both old and new registrants”.
He said that the non-collection of PVCs will amount to a great injury to the interest of those seeking elective posts.
“Unlike in the previous election, the use of the number of accredited voters, rather than registered voters, in the event of determination of inconclusive election, has now made the imperative of collecting the PVC an overriding factor”, Udoh said.
The Commissioner further stressed that most registrants including those who registered in June –December 2021, have not showed up to collect their PVCs and that the Commission is expecting more PVCs from those who registered between January –July 2022, which will definitely increase the stock of PVCs held by the Commission.
He urged all political stakeholders, especially candidates going for elective positions to encourage their constituents to collect their PVCs in order to enable them give expression of their leadership choices.