INEC seeks traditional rulers support over unclaimed PVCs

INEC collaborates with CSOs for improved electoral process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on traditional rulers to prevail on their subjects to collect their unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Gombe State, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, made the call in Gombe during an interactive session with traditional rulers on the forthcoming general elections.

He said that the traditional rulers had vital roles to play toward ensuring free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in their respective domains.

According to the REC, the commission had registered a total of 256,189 new voters, transferred 6,955 and replaced of 24,868 PVCs in the state.

Ibrahim said the commission had recorded success in the area of mobilisation through the unflinching support of the traditional rulers, hence the need for them to double their effort for more success.

Speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Garba Mukaddas, said the command in the state was prepared to ensure the safety of lives and property during and after the elections.

He called on the traditional rulers to alert the police of any security threat to enable them respond on time.

The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, represented by Durbin Gombe, Alhaji Lamido Abubakar advised the electoral body to impose total restriction of movement during the elections.

The traditional ruler also commended the state government for addressing some of the challenges associated with security during the campaigns, especially with regards to political violence.

In another development, religious leaders from the state have pledged their support to the INEC toward ensuring free, fair, credible and peaceful general elections in the state.

North East Trust reports that the religious leaders made the pledge in Gombe during an interactive session with INEC on the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

The state Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Bullama Samuel said as religious leaders, they had to go back to churches and mosques to continue sensitising their followers for successful and peaceful general elections.

He commended INEC for its level of preparation for the election in the state and assured that they would key in, especially in encouraging voters to collect their PVCs.

Samuel called on the security agencies to do more in checking instances that might result to crisis during election and the consequences on worship places.

On his part, the state Assistant Secretary of the Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammad Pindiga, assured that the JNI would continue to sensitise its followers, at all levels to help INEC to achieve its objectives.

He commended INEC for introducing special consideration for the elderly, pregnant women and persons with disabilities during the election process.

According to the REC, the interactive session was to solicit support of the religious leaders for the success of the general elections.

He further called on them to preach to their followers on the dangers of vote buying and violence during election.

Ibrahim said that vote buying was not good for the development of democracy, hence the need for religious leaders to understand and preach same to their followers.
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