The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it has so far registered over twelve million voters for next year’s general election in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
According to the commission in a tweet on Saturday, INEC said the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) so far collected were over eight hundred thousand.
It said the transfer request from voters stand at Six hundred forty, seven hundred and six while it has replaced close to a million cards.
Giving the breakdown of the gender analysis, the number of males that had registered was more than that of female.
“New registration, 12,682,792, PVCs Collected, 813,110, transfer requests, 640,706, PVC replacement requests: 998,993, gender analysis of new registrants, male: 6,850,558, female: 5,832,234.”
…declare public holiday for PVC collection, new REC
By Mike Adeyemi
The Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mallam Garba Atairu has decried the low level of Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) collection in the state.
Attairu who disclosed this during a visit to the National Orientation Agency (NOA) at Federal Secretariat, Fate road, Ilorin urged Kwarans to make collection of PVC, a priority.
The INEC boss however suggested that Kwara State government should take a clue from other states who have declared public holidays for the exercise saying Governor; Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed should do same.
In order to address the issue, Attairu stressed that the electoral umpire is ready to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NOA.
“Information is power; many people don’t know the power of PVC, hence, the need to educate our people. Our cards are our power to determine who will govern us and who will not. No one can participate in the poll if he/she doesn’t have the card.
“It is always not a good thing when some people seat back at home to criticize the government when they are not the one that elected them in power, get your PVC which is your power to elect the leaders you want in power,” Attairu stressed.
In his remark, the state Director of National Orientation Agency (NAO), Mr Olusegun Adeyemi said the agency is ready to partner with INEC towards enlighten the people of the state on the imperativeness of PVC.
Adeyemi however suggested to INEC on the need to imbibe the act of sending text messages to registered citizen notifying them that their PVC is ready.