BAYELSA AWAITS DELIVERY OF 40,000 PVCs, AS GOV DICKSON EMBARKS ON SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN TO COMMUNITIES
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson on Monday urged eligible voters to collect their permanent voter cards as failure to do so would deprive them of their voting right, even as the state awaits the delivery of 40,000 PVCs.
The governor, who had declared Monday as public holiday to facilitate the collection of PVCs by eligible voters, was accompanied on the sensitization campaign by former governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Konbowei Benson, INEC officials including the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr. Baritor Kpagih, Chairman Yenagoa Local Government Council, Hon Chubby Ben-Walson and serving political appointees.
The areas visited by the governor and his entourage include; Igbogene, Agudama-Epie, Ekeki, Yenagoa main Town, Ogbogoro and Famgbe communities.
Emphasizing the need for the collection of their permanent voters’ cards, while addressing the chiefs and people of the areas, the governor described it as the only instrument, that would enable them to exercise their franchise in the forth coming presidential and general elections.
He noted that, though, Bayelsa remains a predominantly Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state, the only way the people could demonstrate their love and support for President Goodluck Jonathan is to collect their PVCs and vote massively for the President and all candidates of the party.
According to the governor, the PDP government under President Jonathan believes in the rule of law and has provided an enabling environment, where every vote must count, stressing that there would not be any room for rigging and electoral violence.
He noted the state government was not satisfied with the 66 per cent rate of PVC collection in the state particularly in Yenagoa Local Government Area, a situation, the governor explained necessitated the sensitization campaign.
It will be recalled that the state government had declared Monday this week as public holiday to enable all eligible registered voters in the state to go to their various registration points to collect their cards.
Governor Dickson, who thanked the traditional leadership of the communities for mobilising their people for the exercise, urged Bayelsans, who are yet to collect their PVCs to do so, warning that government would conduct what he calls “Operation Show Your PVC” exercise later in the week to enforce compliance.
In his remarks, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Baritor Kpagih said about 40,000 PVCs are expected to arrive the state, even as he called on those, who have lost their temporary voter cards to visit the commission to fill an attestation form that will enable them to obtain their PvCs.