HRH Eze Geoffrey Nnannah
The collection of permanent voter card which lasted for three days as directed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come and gone. Here in Imo State, there were lots of reports of missing cards, while some political wards and polling units complained that, there was no PVC distributed in their area at all.
The case is not different at Onisa ward 1 in Nkwerre Local Government Area when The Leader visited some polling units in the area to monitor the exercise but those of Onisa Ward 1 were missing.
In a chart with the traditional ruler in charge of Ishiala Autonomous Community in his palace HRH Eze Geoffrey Nnannah, said that Nkwerre has ten political wards but only nine have gotten their PVC. He noted that Onisa Ward 1 is one of the largest among the ten political Wards in Nkwerre L.G.A, and wondered why they should experience such a thing considering the short period given for the collection.
Eze Nnannah further disclosed that as the traditional ruler of the community, he personally went to INEC office with the case but yet nothing has been done to ensure that the people of Onisa Ward 1 collected their permanent voter card.
Meanwhile, Eze Nnannah has pointed out that his community has been without Community Government Council (CGC) since it was introduced in the state by the state Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, hence he has not been given the staff of office. He expressed his readiness to propagate the good work of the present administration in his community if given the staff of office.
The traditional ruler commended Governor Okorocha for his great achievements within three and half years in office and pledged his unalloyed support and that of his community to his administration.
On the issue of Continues Voters Registration, Eze Nnannah stressed that the aim of the exercise may not be achieved as there were not enough machines and adhoc workers for the exercise.
The Leader also visited Orlu and Njaba where the Chairman of Njaba Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Vincent Duru condemned the pace of the exercise which he said was very slow, adding that only one machine was brought to serve about three communities with a large number of people.
He noted that the only machine brought to Nkume Ward was very bad and could not serve up to 20 people in a day before breakdown.
Eze Duru directed those who came for the registration to compile their names so that it will be sent to INEC. It is obvious that many people would be disfranchised in the 2015 general election.
Meanwhile some people have accused a particular political party in the state of sabotaging the exercise, while some communities which have not received their PVC have warned that election may not hold in their Wards if their PVC are not provided for them.