February 06, 2018 02:03 pm
The Independent National Electoral Commission says Rivers State enrolled more eligible voters in the third quarter of 2017 than any other state, in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration Exercise for the 2019 elections. The Head of Voter’s Education and Publicity in Rivers State, Edwin Enabor, said this in an interview with Rhythm FM in Port Harcourt. He said figures compiled at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, up to the third quarter of 2017, shows that the Rivers State office registered more voters than other states.
Mr. Enabor said eligible voters in Rivers State have turned up massively to ensure they are registered and issued their Permanent Voters’ Card. He said the figures are really impressive when you consider that Rivers State is not the most populated state in Nigeria.
“With the Registration figures we have as at the third quarter, we were number one in the country.”
“We did quite well considering the fact that Rivers State is not the largest state in Nigeria, but we had the largest registration figures and turn out.”
Although the figures have not been made public by INEC, comments from people who have been to the registration centres support the heavy turn out of Port Harcourt residents.
Some complained about how long it takes to get the Permanent Voters’ Card.
@inecnigeria I have filled the forms for a Replacement PVC at the Port Harcourt City LGA INEC office since September 2017.— Akin Bello (@AkinBello) January 18, 2018
Visited there on Tuesday 16/01 and it is still not available.
How long should I wait to get the new PVC?
Some others called for INEC to increase the number of Registration centres in Rivers State, to reduce the difficulty as a result of the turnout.
For almost two weeks now, am unable to get my PVC. How can there be 23 LGAs in Rivers State but it's only in INEC mega offices we can get our PVC why? https://t.co/Fu9NJrynlO— Ras Yung Chizzy (@mryungchizzy) January 29, 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission kicked off the Continuous Voters Registration in April 2017, and it is expected to continue until December – 60 days before the 2019 polls that start in February.
In January, INEC said it has registered about 3.5million voters, putting the total number of registered voters at about 74million. INEC expects this figure to rise to 80million at the end of the registration process.