INEC extends PVC distribution in Ogun

INEC-Attahiru-Jega

INEC Chairman: Attahiru Jega

Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

INEC Chairman: Attahiru Jega
INEC Chairman: Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has extended till Monday the distribution of Permanent Voter cards (PVCs) in Ogun state. The exercise was initially billed to end today was extended by a day following protest by politicians and voters.

It would be recalled that several anomalies were observed in the last two days of the exercise in the state with many complaints from all the 20 local government area of the state.

In a press statement issued Sunday afternoon, signed by the State REC, Mr. Sam Olumekun, copy of which was made available to PM News in Abeokuta, the Commission disclosed that the exercise has been extended by one day, which means the exercise will now end on Monday.

The statement with reference number; INEC/OG/345/VOL.II and dated 9th November, 2014 stated that due to the hitches observed during the first day of the exercise, the exercise therefore has been extended.

It also appealed to the people of the state to remain calm and cooperative, assuring that all eligible voters will obtain their voter’s card.

“Sequel to the hitches observed during the first day of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Ogun state, INEC would like to inform the citizens of Ogun State that the exercise has been extended by one day, i.e it will now end on Monday, 10th November 2014 as against Sunday 9th November 2014.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner appeals to the eligible voters in the state to be calm, assuring them that any voter whose name appears in the voter register but could not find his or her card should not panic; as their cards shall be provided in due course. They should not re-register during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise scheduled for 12th-17th November, 2014 as this would amount to double registration.

INEC displays the list of temporary voters card available at a ward
INEC displays the list of temporary voters card available at a ward

“INEC wishes to assure the general public that all eligible citizens would be registered and issued valid voter cards before the 2015 election,” the statement reads.

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In a statewide broadcast today, the governor of Ogun state, Governor Ibikunle Amosun thanked the good people of
the state for responding positively and enthusiastically to the call for them to come out and participate in the Distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Amosun, however disclosed that the state government noted and observed the various challenges encountered across the state since the beginning of the exercise.

He stated that the issues had been raised with INEC and stressed the need for extension of time for the exercise, so that the commission will be able to correct the anomalies and ensure that our people are in a position to exercise their constitutional and civic rights.

“INEC has acceded to our request. They have extended the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card exercise by one day. This means the exercise will now end tomorrow, Monday, 10 November, 2014.

“I therefore appeal to all the residents of Ogun state to utilize the opportunity provided by the extra day granted by INEC. We should all go to our respective polling units to collect our PVCs. The commission has assured that many more cards are now available for collection.

“INEC has also assured us that those whose names are on the register but whose cards are not available now will be able to collect at a later date, from INEC offices in the 20 Local Government Areas.

“For those whose names were not on the displayed voters’ register and those who could not register in the last registration exercise, INEC has assured that the Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise will take place between Wednesday 12 November and Monday 17, November 2014 and will provide opportunity for them to register and obtain their voters’ cards before the election,” Amosun said.

The governor stressed further that, “for the umpteenth time, the significance of obtaining your Permanent Voters’ Cards as it is only when you have your voter’s card that you can vote in the forthcoming elections,” the governor revealed.

Amosun however expressed gratitude to all the good people of the state for their patience and understanding, enjoining them to go and collect their permanent voters’ cards.

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