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Osun Election:Distribute Permanent Voters card now, Group urges INEC

CLEEN Foundation, an NGO, has urged INEC to ensure timely distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) to the electorate ahead of Osun governorship election scheduled for Aug. 9.

The Executive Director of the foundation, Ms Kemi Okenyodo, made the call on Monday in Abuja at public presentation of the 4th Security Threat Assessment Report for 2015 elections.

Okenyodo said the call became necessary to make sure that all eligible voters in the state exercise their constitutional rights.

She noted that inability of the electorate to collect PVCs would constitute a “tinder box“ that could cause violence during the forthcoming governorship election.

The executive director appealed to INEC, the National Orientation Agency, Civil Society Organisations and political parties to carry out massive voter education to guarantee violence-free election in the state.

Okenyodo also urged the commission to sustain its engagements through the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security which provided an opportunity for synergy and collaboration among security agencies.

“There should be increased and sustained engagements among key institutions such as INEC, security agencies, civil societies, media, community and religious leaders toward restoring public confidence in the electoral process.

“Government at all levels should pay attention to and track violence hot spots or flashpoints for effective preparation and response to emergencies,’’ Okenyodo said.

Earlier, the foundation’s Programme Officer, Mr Chinedu Nwagwu, also said inadequate logistics and welfare for security agents on election duties posed a serious danger to the electoral process.

“This will make security agencies susceptible to political influence, thereby affecting the integrity of the electoral process,’’ Nwagwu said. (NAN)


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