By Edem Darlington
Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Dr. Cyril Omoregbe says only about 3,000 PVCs has so far been collected by residents of the state, as at April of 2022. This is despite huge turnout of residents to register during the just concluded nationwide Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
Dr. Omoregbe, in a chat with some journalists in Calabar also confirmed that about 322,351 persons were registered during the just concluded CVR exercise in the state. “I think we did not do badly in this regard among other states in the south south region, even though I still know that by the time we are done with the actual sorting to take off double registration and all of that, I know that we will even do better than some states” he said.
Dr Omoregbe maintained that when compared to previous registration exercise, the state this time, recorded a sharp increase of about 20% in voter registration.
According to the REC, of that number, about 58,000 persons either had their polling units transferred to a place of their choice or had information in their PVCs corrected.
Dr. Omoregbe commended the commission for doing a good job so far, assuring that they will do even more as the 2023 elections approaches.
On logistics to hard to reach areas in the state, the REC assured that the commission will learn from the experiences of the past to improve in the future. “ regarding complains about internet connectivity, what we have done is to note areas where we have network issues and get the internet network that works best in those areas”
He assured that those who registered during the just concluded CVR will have their PVCs in October this year.
He however, called on Cross Riverians who registered before 2018 to go to their different local government areas to obtain their PVCs.
For the 2023 election, the REC said so far, 11 political parties have submitted names of their governorship candidates, while, 28 persons have indicated interest for the Senatorial election from different political parties. 68 persons will be contesting for the House of Representatives while 187 persons are set to contest for the 25 member state house of assembly.