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15 Mar 2018

Permanent Voters Card To Now Serve As ID Card.....See full Details

The permanent voters card PVC, is to serve as valid identity card for artisans and petty traders in Akwa Ibom state, the chairman of Akwa Ibom Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, said on Thursday.
Ikoiwak said this in Eket local government area speaking at the stakeholders sensitization programme on the continuous voters registration and PVCs collection in the area.

According to him, the law establishing AKISIEC empowered it to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on issues of voters registration to achieve credible elections.

He also visited Esit Eket, Ibeno and Urue Offing local government areas for the sensitization tour on continuous voters registration exercise.

Ikoiwak maintained that the PVC was very important to the economic life of Nigerians, especially those who could not afford to own International Passport, Driver’s License and National ID card.

He noted the PVC as a means of business transaction acceptable to the banking sector in Nigeria has no expiration date and does not cost money unlike the other valid instruments.

“We have four valid instruments in Nigeria, the International Passport, Driver’s License, National ID card and the Voters Card, so for our economic interest, we need the PVC.

“For the politicians, the PVC will be a serious instrument in 2019 elections.  In 2019, the card reader will be the only instrument for accreditation and it will only read the PVC.

“The 2019 elections will be a different ball game, your vote will count and you will use the PVC,” Ikoiwak assured.

He appealed to the people to go out and get registered if they never registered before while urging those with PVCs to evangelise those who do not have the voters cards.

“Those who just turn 18, those who never registered before, those who wish to transfer or replace lost voters card should go to INEC registration centre for their PVCs,” Ikoiwak emphasised.

Ikoiwak further advised the people wishing to transfer from one voting location to another or have replacement for lost cards not to engage in fresh registration.

He urged them to inform the INEC officials of their need for transfer or replacement of their lost PVCs.

In his welcome address, the chairman of Eket local government area, Mr Frank Archibong, thanked the AKISIEC boss for organising the sensitization programme for his people.

Archibong commended AKISIEC for collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on mobilising the people for the continuous voters registration exercise.

“This continuous voters registration is a very important exercise for us in Eket local government area.

“This exercise will be used for many things. It could be used for national planning and revenue allocation, so this exercise is critical to us,” Archibong said.

In his remark, the paramount ruler of Eket local government area, Edidem Etim Abia, said that those who did not have voters cards were not good citizens.

Abia called on all citizens yet to register to do so because voting in an election was the only constitutional means to have the people’s representatives in government.

He advised the INEC registration officials to desist from making unnecessary demands on the local government authorities and the citizens.

“Nobody should pay for registration and INEC registration officials should be meticulous to avoid making mistakes in people’s names.

Abia also urged the religious leaders to encourage their followers to go out and get registered to enable them vote for credible and godly leaders in 2019.

The stakeholders sensitization programme had in attendance leaders of women groups, youth groups, political parties, traditional rulers and some clergymen.

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