Some groups in Ebonyi State have condemned the harassment and intimidation of registered voters on their way to collect their permanent voters cards, PVCs by political thugs.
In a statement, the Ebonyi State chairman of Human Rights Defenders, Comrade Sampson Oko-Nweke explains that they received reports of harassment and intimidation of some persons in Ezza South, Afikpo North, Onicha, Izzi and other local government areas of the State on their way to collect their PVCs.
Comrade Oko-Nweke notes that collection of PVCs by registered voters was a civic duty that qualifies citizens to participate in the 2023 general election and therefore should not be hampered under any guise.
Comrade Oko-Nweke calls on security agencies in Ebonyi State to protect lawful citizens from such harassments and advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to ensure neutrality and efficiency in the distribution of the PVCs by engaging neutral persons in the process.
Ebonyi State chairman of the Coalition of United Political Parties, Mr Chinedum Elekwachi alleges that the said harassments were targeted at opposition political parties in Ebonyi State.
Mr Elekwachi calls on security agencies to investigate the reports of harassments and warned people to desist from acts capable of jeopardizing the peaceful conduct of 2023 general election.
Writing by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare