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INEC: 160,966 Permanent Voter Cards not Yet Collected in Kogi

INEC: 160,966 Permanent Voter Cards not Yet Collected in Kogi

Ibrahim Oyewale,Lokoja

The Independent National Electoral Commission {INEC) has lamented over the poor turnout in the collection of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC’S) in Kogi State ahead of the 2023 general election.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)  State, Dr Hale Gabriel Longpet disclosed while speaking in a chat with journalists yesterday.

He explained that voters in Kogi State are expected to be 1.9 million which include those who registered between 2019 to June 2022.

 Longpet said as at December 2, 2022, out of 154,984 voters cards which were produced for voters who registered in 2019, only 13,689 were collected while 141, 295 have not collected their 2019 voters card.

For the fresh registration between 2021 and June 2022, Longpet said the commission expected 38,505 people to come and collect their permanent voters card, but unfortunately, 18,924 voters have collected their PVC’s while 19,671 is yet uncollected.

 He said:“I have always used every opportunity to express my displeasure over the poor collection of PVC’s in Kogi State. We have 32,508 people who transferred their PVC’s from one polling unit to another. But so far, we have seen only 5,977 who have come to collect those transferred PVC’s. And you will agree with me that it is not an encouraging figure.

“However, we are under strict order at all State offices of INEC.  From today(yesterday) 6th  of December, we have started sensitizing people, engaging civil society organisations,  and media to start helping people to come and collect their PVCs.”

The Kogi INEC REC, however, used the medium to debunk the information making the rounds that a court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria has ordered INEC to resume registration of voters ahead of the election.

“We discussed this in Lagos during the INEC stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos. There is no court that asked INEC to resume the registration of voters. It is all false and should be disregarded by the public,” he added.

While assuring Nigerians that the commission is ready for a transparent, free and fair election, Longpet noted that the introduction of BVAS by INEC has gone a long way to reduce electoral malpractice.

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