INEC to stop PVCs’ distribution on Aug. 4
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun State has said it will stop distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) on August 4 to concentrate on the governorship election.
State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, yesterday made the disclosure at an interactive session with Christian and Muslim leaders.
He said the interactive session was part of the commission’s efforts towards ensuring peaceful poll.
Agbaje, who said the importance of the religious leaders in the conduct of any election could not be over-emphasised, urged them to counsel their followers, especially the youths, on the need to be peaceful before, during and after the election.
The REC gave an assurance that the commission would distribute Permanent Voter Cards on the 26th and 27th of this month to those that registered during the recent continuous voters’ registration exercise.
He said training has started for supervisors, presiding officers and their assistants, promising that all electoral materials would be moved to all local governments a day before the election to give room for early commencement of accreditation in each polling unit.
He debunked the insinuation that the commission had authorised some people to collect pin numbers of their PVCs, saying anybody caught perpetrating such act would be handed over to the police.
The INEC National Commissioner deployed to supervise the election, Ambassador Muhammad Wali, described election as a religious duty and solicited the cooperation of the religious leaders towards ensuring credible election.
Wali, who said the commission had no interest in whoever wins the election, noted that the process lined up was capable of ensuring credible polls.
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