By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
One month after the Permanent Voters Card (PVC), registration commenced in Anambra, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has left no stone unturned in creating awareness and sensitization on the need and importance for Anamberians to avail themselves on the ongoing enrollment in the state.
Mrs. Nneka Eluogu, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), of INEC, Anambra State, is happy with the turn out of the people in this phase of the registration process, despite the challenges some of them face.
According to the state PRO, “For the past one month since the commencement of P.V.C registration, massive progress have been made in making sure that Ndi-Anambra are all registered”.
“The enrollment which is still in its first quarter in the state has recorded great turn out. We have made efforts in making sure that communication and sensitization are made to citizens.”
Speaking on the challenges faced by people, who want to register, Mrs. Eluogu, was optimistic that they would surmount them at the end of the day.
“One of the challenges recorded is the location of INEC offices in the state. Some of the locations are far from residential areas and this has prevented most people from coming out. So, what we decided to do is to move registration centers closer to the people especially those living in rural areas who most times complain of means of transportation in coming to the headquarters. Announcement are been done through town criers and local means informing and giving notice on days when INEC will come to their various wards closer to them”. She said.
She further stated that, “Meetings have been held in the three senatorial zones with stake holders, Chiefs/Igwes of towns and Religious leaders, in order to solicit their support in helping INEC inform the people on the need to get their PVC”.
She however, also used the opportunity to called on Anamberians, who are yet to get their PVC to please do so stating that this is what will empower them in deciding their own future.