By Rasheedat Iliyas – Ilorin
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has begun a train-the-trainer workshop for some selected staff to increase manpower for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs in Kwara State.
The two-day training is being attended by thirty -two participants from the sixteen local government areas of the State.
In an opening remark, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Garba Attahiru Madami charged the participants to be attentive to avoid jeopardizing the essence of the training.
Mallam Attahiru Madami who was represented by the Head of Department, General Administration and Procurement, Mallam Ibrahim Abdulazeez emphasized that the use of PVCs in the 2023 General Election cannot be avoided hence the efforts by INEC to increase the number of collections.
He explained that the number of PVCs collected will determine the number of ballot papers that will be provided for each polling unit on election days as against the previous practice of using the number of registered voters.
Mallam Attahiru Madami said that the training is meant to increase capacity and ensure a seamless procedure during the collection of the PVCs, particularly during the collection of PVCs at the ward level.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner enjoined INEC staff to continue to sensitize in local dialects, the electorate who come to claim their PVCs on the need to keep their cards safe and not to sell their votes.
Collection of Permanent Voter Cards is still ongoing at the local government area offices of INEC in Kwara State.
The exercise is however scheduled to be moved to the wards from the 6th to the 15th of January, 2023.