The Adamawa State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission has lamented the poor pace of receipt of Permanent Voter Cards by voters in the state.
The newly deployed Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Hudu Yunusa, expressed the concern at a press conference at the Yolan commission premises on Friday.
He said that since 2019, over 200,000 registered PVCs were lying dormant in the commission’s offices in the 21 local government areas.
He said 36,000 more voters were registered in the 2022 voter registration.
“Some voter cards have not yet been received by the original registrants.”
He called on the media and agents to continue to sensitize voters to the necessity of voter cards, emphasizing the card that qualifies as a voter.
The REC explained that the commission received the 4,104 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and Results Viewing Portal to be rolled out in 4,104 polling stations for the elections.
He said the state will organize a one-week North-East zone Technology Training during the election, saying participants were drawn from Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba states.
Yunusa called on politicians and political parties to conduct their campaigns with dignity, discipline and decorum, stressing that campaigns should be issue-based.
“We call on politicians to remove names, avoid provocative comments, violence, riots and engagement of militias,” he said.
“The Electoral Law prohibits campaigns in worship and public positions, so this attitude would not be accepted by the commission,” he added.
He said the commission had updated the skills of its staff through capacity building training, seminars and workshops on electoral processes.
According to him, the commission has so far registered 10,000 people who applied to work as ad hoc workers out of the 16,000 workers required for polling stations.
“The commission’s ad hoc recruitment portal remains active until December 14, 2022; therefore, we call on interested and qualified Nigerians to apply,” he said.
He said the commission would involve stakeholders in the vote on IDPs, saying, “We would focus our attention on Madagali, Fufore and Yola South Local Government Areas.”
“We are currently showing the Preliminary Registration of Voters nationwide from November 12 to 28, 2022 for objections and objections,” he informed.