The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented the poor collection of permanent voters’ cards by electorates across 21 Local governments in Adamawa State.
Adamawa, which is the home state of one of the leading 2023 presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar, added 222,308 voters to its register during the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise that ended in July 2022.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Hudu Yunusa, during a press conference on Friday, stated that over 200,000 voters have abandoned their PVCs since 2019.
“Some of the voter cards are yet to be collected by their original enrollees,” the REC said, adding that INEC in Adamawa had received 4,104 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for deployment to 4,104 polling units in the state ahead of the 2023 general election.
Yunusa further seized the opportunity to appeal to political parties and their members to ensure decency, discipline and decorum during their ongoing campaigns.
“We call on the politicians to avoid name-dropping, provocative comments, violence, thuggery and engagement of militia,” he said.
“The Electoral Act prohibits campaigns in worship and public offices, so such attitude would not be condoned by the commission,” he added.