The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told Nigerians that their Permanent Voters’ Cards are their meal tickets and should be handled with care.
The National Commissioner of the commission in charge of Bauchi, Yobe, and Borno states, Maj:-Gen Modibo Alkali (rtd) stated this while addressing voters registrants on Sunday.
Alkali urged Nigerians to treat their PVCs like part of their lives.
“Ensure that you get your PVC and handle it as if it is part of your life.
“Don’t sell it to anybody because it is like your voter’s meal ticket. Do you know why it is called a meal ticket? It is because you elect the person who can work for you in your future with it.
“So, if you sell it or you throw it away, then you are selling or throwing away food that you are supposed to eat. So, I want all of you to understand the importance of that PVC,” he said.
The National Commissioner, who said that INEC had been educating the electorate to come out and get themselves registered for their PVC, wondered why there were still more people in the queue for registration in Bauchi State.
“No, there are some processes. If you register, they have to go and print and display it for political parties and local government areas.
“Also, there could be litigations along the line. So you have to allow INEC to do its job. If you don’t register on time, then you will delay the work of INEC,” said the National Commissioner.
He also warned the electorate against double or multiple registrations, saying that whoever is caught in the act would be arrested.
Some of the registration units he visited in the state included the INEC headquarters, Bauchi, Kofaran, Ilelah street, INEC office in Dass Local Government Area as well as Karfin Madaki in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state.