The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday made a passionate appeal to residents of Gombe who are yet to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to visit its office in the state.
INEC State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, who stated this in Gombe on Thursday, declared that there are over 60, 000 unclaimed PVCs still waiting to be collected.
This is just as Ibrahim disclosed that the commission had put in place a mechanism for the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) for qualified Nigerians in the state.
"I think the problem is caused by the attitude of waiting for the last minute before showing up for registration and collection of PVCs," he said.
He said the resumption of the CVR was an opportunity for qualified Nigerians to register.
"It is the right of every eligible citizen to register to be qualified as a potential voter," he said.
Ibrahim said the CVR would last for a year, adding that there was no need for people to wait until the last minute and start rushing.
"Towards the end of the previous CVR, the commission had to extend the time twice before suspending the registration finally.
"That's why we have over 60, 000 unclaimed PVCs with us and I am using this medium to tell them to come and collect their PVCs," he said.
Ibrahim who is the ninth INEC REC in the state, said that the online pre-registration, aimed at widening voter access to polling units commenced on Monday, June 28.
"The commission's desire in introducing the online pre-registration through its portal is to reduce overcrowding at registration centres, while making the process faster and easier for all prospective registrants," he said.
He said the physical CVR would commence on July 19, at the INEC state and Local Government offices across the state.
"The exercise will have commenced in 2020 but for COVID-19 pandemic," he said.
Ibrahim said the resumption of CVR would provide an opportunity for individuals who attained the age of 18, as well as those with accreditation issues in the past and those wishing to transfer voting location among others to do so.