May 20, 2024

261,703 PVCs uncollected — INEC

261,703 PVCs uncollected — INEC

INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, weekend, said that over 261,703 Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, have remained uncollected in Ondo State, ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola, said that out of 1,991,344 registered voters, 1,729,641 have collected their PVCs in the state.

Babalola said this during the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Commission in Akure, the state capital.

According to her, all the 210 centres that will be opened for the CVR exercise have been identified, listed, and published on INEC website.

18 political parties are participating in the November 16 gubernatorial polls in the state.

Also speaking during the meeting, the INEC National Commissioner supervising Ondo, Ogun and Osun States, Prof. Kunle Ajayi, appealed to election stakeholders to mobilize prospective registrants for the upcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the governorship election in the State.

Ajayi particularly urged the stakeholders comprising the representatives of media houses, civil society organisations, political parties, security agencies and People Living with Disabilities on the need to assist the commission in sensitizing prospective registrants to register early, not engage in double registration, and for parents to warn or prevent their wards from engaging in under age registration.

Ajayi who recalled that the commission announced the plan to resume the CVR as part of its preparations for the election in the state, said the last CVR exercise ended in July 2022, before the 2023 general elections.

The new CVR exercise will commence from Monday May 27 to Wednesday June 5, 2024 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily, including the weekend.

According to him: ”The Commission believes that within this period, there would have been a lot of young boys and girls who would have grown to the constitutionally approved voting age of 18 years and any other eligible voters who have been unable to register during the previous CVR exercises would be able to take advantage of this CVR to do so”.