The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Dr. Joseph Iloh announced this while briefing journalists on the activities of the Commission in Umuahia.
Dr. Iloh urged all persons who had registered during the Continuous Voters’ Registration from January to April 2018 to collect their cards.
He noted that the Commission has at the end of the just suspended Continuous Voters’ Registration in the State successfully registered a total of 569,736 new registrants, which he said brought the total number of registered voters in the State to 1,965,736 voters.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner stated that based on the figure of the cards collected, it had placed the State in third position in the country.
Dr. Iloh appealed to political parties to always ensure that they give the Commission at least a 48 hour notice before the conduct of their party primaries in order to enable the Commission to make adequate preparations for its monitoring.
While assuring residents of the State of INEC’s commitment to conduct a free, fair and credible 2019 general election, Dr. Iloh called on stakeholders, including the media, to help the Commission to sensitize, educate and mobilize the electorate on the activities of the Commission especially as it affected the collection of PVCs which would not be done by proxy.
He urged politicians to always ensure that they played the game of politics without bitterness.