450,560 Yet to Collect Permanent Voters Card in Osun State – INEC


Attahiru-Jega-inecEight days to the governorship election in Osun State, 450, 560 eligible voters are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards in the state.

 

This, according to the Resident Electoral Commissioner {REC} of the state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, represents 31.94percent of the PVCs received in the state.

Agbaje in a press briefing in Osogbo yesterday, posited that distribution of 960,124 PVCs to eligible voters out of 1,410,684 PVCs received in the state as at July 31st representing 68.06percent still continue until August 4th, 2014.

The REC assured the people of the state of  free, fair and credible election on August 9, adding that 10,432 Ad hoc staff had been recruited for the election from Osun,  Ekiti, Kwara,  Oyo, Ondo and Kogi states’ National Youth Service Corps{NYSC}.

He stated further that 3,379 voting points to accelerate the process of accreditation and voting processes had been created, disclosing that resuscitation of 202 registration area centers {RACs} for the camping of Election Officials along with the electoral material and security personnel to aid early arrival of materials to polling units had been done too.

Agbaje said adequate security for peaceful election in the state had been put in place, disclosing that three security agents would man a polling unit, while the whole local government councils would be monitored through coordinated motorised patrols to forestall any breakdown of law and order by unscrupulous elements.

He disclosed that out of 1,407,222 registered voters in the state, 661,394 were male representing 47per cent, while 745,828 representing 53per cent were female.

He maintained that only those with their permanent voters cards will be eligible to vote during the election, advising those who are yet to collect their PVCs to utilise the opportunity and collect theirs before the  Monday.

Agbaje said that the election would not only be free and credible, but will meet the aspirations of Nigerians and international bodies.

He debunked the insinuations from some political parties that INEC had concluded arrangement to rig the election for PDP, and dismissed it as the figment of the imagination of those that made them.

According to him; “The Commission has no plan whatsoever to connive or collaborate with either the PDP or any other political party to either under-supply any LGA or induce corps members that would be used as Ad-hoc staff during the election”

He said “I therefore want to strongly advise all stakeholders in the Osun State Governorship election, especially the political party leaders and contestants to desist from making unguarded utterances and unfounded allegations as these constitute distractions to INEC and were unnecessarily overheating the polity.

” Rather than making statements that will create fears in the minds of the Osun  electorates, it is better for our political party leaders to join hands with INEC to encourage our people to come out en-mass with their PVCs on election day to vote for the candidate of their choice and to let their followers know that violence, malpractices, thuggery and other election vices are not only crimes, but wicked forces that could distort the success of the coming election”.

Agbaje warned the staff of the commission to adhere strictly to their oath of affirmation and neutrality, saying that anyone caught in any malpractices or illegal activity will be dealt with decisively.

He urged stakeholders in the election processes to continue to positively play their role in accordance with the relevant laws as INEC would do all that were required to create a very conducive atmosphere for the Osun electorate to vote without being molested during the August 9th election.


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