The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it lost over 1,000 permanent voter cards during the recent attack at its facility in Ihitte-Uboma local government area of Imo state.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Imo State, Professor Francis Ezeonu disclosed this to Journalists in Owerri.
Professor Ezeonu said the suspension of continuous voter registration at Njaba, Orsu, and Ihitte-Uboma local government areas, as well as 54 mobile registration centres in Imo state due to insecurity, still subsists.
According to him, permanent voters’ cards for those who registered between the second and third quarters of 2021 using an automated biometric identification system were ready, and called on those who registered to visit INEC offices at the local government areas for collection.
Professor Ezeonu said of the 16,511 persons that registered for the continuous voter registration between June and December last year, more than 7,000 applicants had been invalidated due to multiple registration, and called on those who lost their cards to push for replacement rather than embarking on fresh registration.
He reminded the public that permanent voters’ cards do not expire, including those issued since 2011, and advised people to disregard the insinuation that some cards had expired.
INEC will monitor all the activities of political parties for the build up to next year’s general election, the Professor hinted, and called on gladiators to play according to the rules.
Reporting by Chinazo Ilechukwu; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor