At the event at Abakaliki Local Government Headquarters Nkaliki, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Professor Godswill Obioma, urged community leaders to mobilize their people for the collection of their cards.
Professor Obioma explained that a total of 69,363 permanent voter’s cards would be distributed in the state.
He stated that out of the number, Abakaliki Local Government Area had 30,432 cards.
Professor Obioma noted that the distribution was in line with a directive from the National Headquarters of INEC and warned eligible voters not to release their permanent voter cards or their VIN numbers to anyone.
The Head Information Communication Technology Department of INEC in the state, Mr. Ejiofor Abati, described the card as a fragile device and cautioned those who had obtained theirs not to expose it to heat to prevent the chip from damage.
The Electoral Officer in charge of Abakaliki, Local Government Area, Mrs. Lizzy Eze, said that over 21,000 uncollected permanent voter’s cards from 2015 registration exercise would be distributed alongside 9,275 new permanent voter’s cards in the area.
Two prospective voters who collected their cards commended INEC for being diligent but called for synergy between the electoral body and leaders in the state to ensure that those in rural areas get their cards.
Radio Nigeria also visited Ebonyi Local Government Area where the Electoral Officer, Mr. Nathaniel Ozoemena, explained that permanent voter’s cards for the area were ready and waiting for collection.