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REC: 450, 000 PVCs uncollected in Edo



REC: 450, 000 PVCs uncollected in Edo

Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Obo Effanga, yesterday decried the low turn-out for the voters’ registration and non-collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by the people of the state. Effanga disclosed that out of a total of 1.9 million registered voters in the state, about 450,000 PVCs were yet to be collected from the custody of the commission.


This was as the Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, (Centre LSD), Dr. Otive Igbuzor, yesterday harped on the need to enhance capacity building of youths seeking elective position in the country.


Effanga, who spoke at a three-day capacity building programme for youths seeking political offices in the Niger Delta region, advised young aspirants jostling for political offices to educate their people on the importance of the PVC and the need for them to collect their cards, and to also register to be eligible to vote in the 2019 general election. He urged youths to make positive impact on their people when voted into elective political offices.


Meanwhile, Igbuzor noted the marginalization of the Nigerian youths in the political arena, saying for youths to participate actively in politics, they must be equipped with the right tools and training to make meaningful impact.


The three-day capacity building programme was attended by representatives of various political parties.


Igbuzor said: “It is clear that political leadership is a huge challenge of development. The challenge for the future is even greater as there is increasing marginalization of the youth in the nation’s politicking. In the past, young people occupied various important positions in the political arena such as Ambassador Mathew Mbu and Anthony Enahoro, who held political offices in their twenties.


“The youth constitutes the back bone and future of any nation. It is in recognition of this fact that African Union (AU) created the African Youth Charter, where it prescribed as responsibilities of member states to develop the youths.

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