Barely 24 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, about 87,045 registered voters in Gombe State will not be joining others to participate in the exercise.

This is because most of them have been unable to collect their Permanent Voters’ Card.

This was made known by Mohorret Bigun, Public Relations Officer, PRO of the Independent National Electoral Commission Gombe State.

He said out of the 288,012 new registered voters in the state, only 200,967 showed up and collected their PVCs and that over 87,000 voters showed no sign of coming to claim their cards up to the closing day of the card distribution.

He also revealed that the unclaimed cards have been returned to the State office of the electoral commission for safe keeping.

Some registered voters who are yet to collect their cards blame the electoral commission.

Malam Isah told Bounce News that he had made several efforts towards collecting his PVC but to no avail as he had travel to Akko, his local government of registration to collect the card on several occasions. 

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“I traveled there twice but I was first told to come back after one week, after that I was asked to go to Shongo Idirisa that my card has been taken to my registration area, I came back and could not join the queue that same day.

“The following day, they rounded up the distribution at the center and that was how I missed the collection.”Sadiq Wadata, a barber in old mile 3 Gombe, said he applied for transfer of his card but could not get it after being told that his card is out, 

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“An INEC staff that was working at a distribution center in Akko LGA told me that he saw my card, so I stayed in the queue to collect it but when it was my turn, they couldn’t find the rack containing my card.”

While some registered voters continue to express sadness over their inability to collect their cards, Hajiya Lami, a food vendor in Gombe metropolis said she deliberately did not collect.

“I believe my vote won’t count and that was happened last week”. 

She claimed that the election postponement from 16th to 23rd February is proof that Nigeria is not yet ready for credible elections.

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