Patrick Odey, Uyo
The National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission supervising Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta states, Dr Mustapha Lecky, has said that 2,045 Permanent Voter Cards have been stolen by suspected hoodlums in Akwa Ibom State.
Lecky made the claim at the commission’s secretariat in Uyo, the state capital while briefing newsmen at the end of his assessment tour of the state.
He said, “The PVCs were stolen in Okobo Local Government Area. There were 2045 PVCs, we have visited the Okobo Local Government Area of the state and we can see a lot of security lapses around the local government office.
“I think it was a mob action which was a consequence of the primary elections that were taking place at that time and I want to assure you that the police are looking into the matter. The PVCs were stolen from where we kept them for safety.
“Like I have said what they (hoodlums) have done is a nullity because we have a list of everybody; we have their names; we have their pin numbers and we have their pictures on the voter register. It is a matter of reproducing the PVCs and making them available. But still we have to go after those culprits who were responsible so that we can apprehend them and punish them according to the law,” he said.
Lecky dismissed insinuation that the federal might would be used to compromise the credibility of next year’s election in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
He said INEC was doing everything to ensure that every vote would count.
He condemned politicians for kick-starting campaigns before the November 18 date fixed by the commission, saying, “They have defied INEC’s regulations.”
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Mike Igini, in his remarks, assured that he would ensure that credible and transparent elections were conducted in Akwa Ibom State.
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