A total of 46,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by their owners from Jigawa state INEC office.

This development is discouraging and Dr Mahmud Isa, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Jigawa cannot hide his disappointment.

The 46,000 are part of the 130,000 eligible voters that INEC had registered in the state since the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) commenced nationwide on April 27, 2017.

All he wants now is the support of the media in sensitising and enlightening the citizens of the state on the need and importance of acquiring the PVC ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Since he was at the office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he made his demands known to the media outfit.

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Isah further said that INEC had the mandate to conduct free, fair, credible and successful elections in 2019 but needs the support of everyone.

“INEC has a duty to deliver successful elections in 2019; and we want robust support from the people, the media, traditional rulers, local government councils and others to achieve our mandate.

“So, that is the reason why we are here today to seek your support, especially in sensitising the general public, particularly the rural dwellers.

“They need to register and obtain their PVCs before the 2019 general elections," he said.