657,000 PVCs abandoned in Oyo State

INEC says Oyo residents have refused to pick up Permanent Voters’ Card

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State on Thursday said a total of 657, 267 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected by their owners in the state.

The INEC’s state administrative secretary, Mr Surajudeen Junaid, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.

Junaid urged those who had not collected the PVCs to come forward and collect the cards.

He also encouraged Nigerians who attained voting age to utilise the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration to obtain their voter cards.

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The administrative secretary urged Nigerians to participate fully in the electoral process ahead of the 2019 elections and vote for candidates of their choice.

Junaid cautioned politicians against any act that would derail the electoral process, stressing that they must play by the rules.

He said the commission had intensified public enlightenment to educate the electorate on their rights and responsibilities in the electoral process.

Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is an exercise meant for the registration of citizens who turned 18 years of age after the last registration exercise; or those who for one reason or another could not register in the previous exercises.

The 2010 Electoral Act (as amended) mandates the Commission to carry out CVR nationwide and to make available to every political party within 60 days.

After each year, the names of the addresses of each person registered during that year.

In pursuance of this requirement, the Commission has developed the modality for the conduct of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise nationwide.

The date for the commencement for the CVR exercise is Thursday, 27th April, 2017 at the INEC Local Government offices nationwide and remains continuous all year round.

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