According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akwa Ibom, 132, 078 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) is yet to be collected in the state.
Mr Mike Igini,the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Uyo on Monday, said the response of the electorate to the collection of their PVCs was poor.
He also made it clear that out of the 127,267 new PVCs collected and distributed across the state, only 12,881 had been collected.
He further explained that out of the 18,541 old PVCs received and distributed, only 849 had been collected, leaving an outstanding of 17,692.
“We have the PVCs that we produced prior to the 2015 elections up to the time of the commencement of the new Continuous Voter Registration on April 27, 2017.
“With respect to the level of Permanent Voter Card collection and registration exercise in Akwa Ibom State in particular, what I want you to know is that they are in two broad categories.
“For these Permanent Voter Cards of 2015 till date which we refer to as the old PVC, the level of turnout is very poor.
“In Akwa Ibom, we still have a total of 18,541 old permanent voter cards, out of which we have only distributed 849, leaving a total of 17,692 still uncollected,” he said.
He stated that out of the new 127,267 PVCs, the commission has only distributed 12,881, leaving a total of 114,386 PVC uncollected.
He urged political parties in the state to assemble the electorate to get their PVCs from the INEC offices.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner said that the commission would not tolerate any form of rigging or electoral malpractices, warning that elections in such places would be cancelled.