Poll Shift: Over 52m voters have collected PVCs now, says INEC

Attahiru Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega
INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it had distributed 52,233,396 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) nationwide, representing 75.88 per cent of the 68,833,476 registered voters.

This information was contained in a statement signed by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja.

The statistics of distribution of the PVCs released in the statement showed that Zamfara, with 1,495,717 registered voters, had had the highest level of PVCs distribution of 1,458,519 or 97.51 per cent performance.

According to the statement, Nasarawa state follows with 96.29 per cent, having distributed 1,196,583 PVCs as against 1,242,667 registered voters in the state.

Third in the statistics was Gombe, where the commission had attained 95.05 per cent distribution, as 1,064,577 eligible voters out of 1,120,023 registered in the state had collected their PVCs.

However, the statistics showed that so far Ogun recorded the least number of distributed PVCs of 747,556, representing 40.86 per cent of 1,829,534 registered voters in the state.

Meanwhile, in Lagos State with the highest number of registered voters of 5,905,852, the commission said that it had attained 62.40 per cent as it had distributed 3,685,322 PVCs.

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The statistics also showed that the number of PVCs collected in Abia was 1,115,634; Adamawa, 1,328,136; Akwa-Ibom, 1,468,708; Anambra, 1,499,317; Bauchi, 1,745,441 and Bayelsa, 404,119.

The states recorded percentages of 79.91, 85.19, 87.38, 76.37, 84.97 and 66.21, respectively, the statement said.

The statement said that Benue recorded 76.81 PVCs distribution rate, Borno, 68.28 per cent; Cross River, 74.79 per cent; Delta, 75.97 per cent; Ebonyi, 66.50 per cent; Edo, 64.38 per cent; Ekiti, 68.77 per cent.

Others, it said, were Enugu, 74.53 per cent; FCT, 61.42 per cent; Imo, 69.44 per cent and Jigawa, 93.20 per cent.

It added that the distribution percentages were 91.98 in Kaduna state, Kano, 70.08 per cent; Kastina, 92.68 per cent; Kebbi, 89.53 per cent; Kogi, 67.67 per cent; Kwara, 73.87 per cent; Niger, 70.15 per cent; Ondo, 70.25 per cent, and Osun, 71.97 per cent.

The statement also indicated that Oyo State had attained 64.97 per cent of PVCs distribution while Plateau had 70.26 per cent coverage, Rivers, 75.79 per cent; Sokoto State, 85.66 per cent; Taraba, 89.25 per cent, and Yobe, 74.95 per cent.

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