The independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Kwara State yesterday said it has so far distributed 711, 920 Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, out of the 1, 032, 970 it received, representing 69 per cent of the total collected.
Kwara state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Emmanuel Onucheyo, who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Ilorin said the cards of those who participated in the continuous voters’ registration were still being processed.
The stakeholders’ session was attended by representatives of political parties, security agencies, labour unions, among others.
The REC added two polling units in Ekiti Local Government, whose PVCs were snatched would be processed for replacement in due course, imploring all and sundry to endeavour to collect their PVCs, pointing out that people without the PVC would not be allowed to vote and therefore should not come near the voting centres on election days.
Speaking on a bye-election conducted in Kaiama in the Kaima Local Government Area, Onucheyo said, after consultations, it was resolved that the general election had overtaken it.
The lawmaker representing the Kaima state constituency, Hon. Haliru Mohammed, had died in an auto crash last June which should have called for a bye election to be conducted
Onucheyo urged the political parties and politicians to conduct themselves peacefully this season, disclosing that arrangements are underway to make the 16 gubernatorial candidates in the state and their party chairmen to sign peace accord this Saturday. He urged stakeholders to discharge their responsibilities towards a free, fair and peaceful election.
Speaking on behalf of the police, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Salihu Garuba, who was represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, said the command was committed to a peaceful exercise.
The state Director of State Security Service, SSS, Mr. Tanimu Alkali gave an assurance that the service would be neutral, fair and professional in its assignment during the elections. The SSS Director, who noted that thuggery is one of the problems in the state, stressed that anybody caught with weapons, no matter how highly placed, would be decisively dealt with, urging politicians to educate their supporters to be orderly and obedient to the laws of the land. -NationalMirror