Ahead of Wednesday’s Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says over Four Hundred (400) machines have been deployed to all the 18 local government areas of Ondo state for a smooth exercise.
Besides, additional Twenty Three (23) machines have been moved to some wards with difficult terrains and over populated areas.
Mr. Akin Orebiyi, State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ forum held in Akure, Ondo state capital.
Orebiyi said the machines with fully charged batteries, and generators for backups, would served the Two Hundred and Three (203) wards of the state, to avoid a repeat of hitches experienced during the last registration exercise.
The Registration is expected to take place in polling units where records of 2011 registrations were lost.
According to the REC, the exercise would not take place in some units of Owo, Ese-Odo, Akure South, Odigbo and Ondo East due to INEC inability to issue the Permanent Voter Cards, PVC, to electorate during the last exercise.
While stressing that the Commission is yet to print out the Permanent Voter Cards, PVC, of electorates in the affected areas, Orebiyi appealed to the people not to panic as a date for the distribution of the PVC would be announced at a later date.
The INEC boss also warned people to be wary of double registration adding that doing such would amount to total crime, which is against the law.
Some Stakeholders who attended the forum applauded the electoral body for the successful distribution of the PVC and advised the Commission to ensure its staff are well trained on the proper use of the machines deployed to the units/wards of the state.