Ahead of the September 10 Governorship Election in Edo State, the state’s Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) yesterday, disclosed that not less than 490,000 Permanent Voters Cards, (PVC) are yet to be collected by their owners.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Sam Olumekun, who revealed this said the commission is committed to providing a reputable election in the state, distancing it from the supposed sales of PVC’s by politicians and political parties.
He advised the card owners to take advantage of the ongoing registration procedure to gather them, stating the unclaimed cards are part of the 1.7 million signed up voters in the state.
Olumekun discussed that just names of prospects submitted by the national executive of the taking part political celebrations in the election would be accepted by INEC.
He also alerted against multiple registrations by voters, noting that such will be spotted by special software application in its system therefore rendering it void.
We understand that some individuals have actually not had the ability to gather their PVC s, INEC will use this period of registration to distributes the old PVC’s that might not have been collected. Those who have actually registered and yet to collect their PVC’s ought to therefore inspect and gather their cards, he said.
The commissioner stated the difficulty before the commission is to sustain a right political orientation anchored on concepts, interest of the large majority of the people and not for a minority couple of.
He guaranteed that the environment of politics and election must improve against the background of what we have actually seen in the instant past in some neighboring states.
Edo should stick out as an individual with deep and abundant culture of which they are proud and dedicated. The quality and ethical authority of any recipient of election coming up later on this year will depend upon how credible the election is, otherwise such a recipient may not be accorded the due regard, he added.
He rejected knowledge of accusations versus the commission that political leaders were purchasing up voter’s cards, saying its business is to supervise elections and it would do that effectively.
According to him, INEC has consistently guaranteed Nigerians that it will continue to enhance the electoral system and procedures to ensure maximum returns in election management against the tide of recent undetermined elections.
He required the cooperation and support of security firms, political parties and other stakeholders for a violence-free election, saying making use of Smart Card Readers will be enhanced with the e-collation system, which would be very first checked at the Edo election.