Few weeks to the general elections, it seems women in Gombe state are indifferent about the polls.

This is according to information from the Gombe State office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It was gathered that the commission is recording low turnout of female registered voters for collection of their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in the state.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Umar Ibrahim told Bounce News in an interview on Tuesday that about 70 percent of the PVC collection recorded so far in the State were collected by male voters.

He said the total number of registered voters in the state is 288,012 out of which 280,508 have been received from the National office of the umpire. 

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“The commission has distributed about 89,178 to the rightful owners and that there is still about 191,330 PVCs waiting to be collected in the state.

"The challenges we are facing, particularly in terms collection of PVCs is that the women are refusing to collect.

“Out of the 89,178 collected so far, 59,631 about 70 percent were collected by the men while 29,000 by the females.

“We are calling our female voters to come out and collect their PVCs, we don't want a situation where people will start rushing few days to the elections,” he said.

He added that the commission will be organising an interactive session with traditional rulers and religious leaders.

The issue of PVC collection will be for them to help the commission in sensitising women on the need to go and collect their PVCs.

On the level of preparation for the election, Ibrahim said the total staff needed for the conduct of the election in Gombe State is 13, 669 out of which the commission has received a list of about 8,891.

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