Permanent voter cards distribution still ongoing in Osun – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said on Tuesday that the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to duly registered persons in Osun State has been ongoing since 7 March 2014, contrary to suggestions that there is a hindrance in the distribution of the cards.
While revealing this in a statement signed by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of INEC, the electoral body urged every prospective voter in Osun State who is yet to collect his / her PVC to urgently do so, ahead of the state governorship election scheduled for August 9, 2014.
INEC added that only registered voters with PVCs will be able to vote during the election.
The electoral commission said the clarification is necessary against the backdrop of calls on the Commission in the last couple of days to ensure timely distribution of the PVCs.
It will be recalled that All Progressives Congress, APC had, at the weekend, accused INEC of being “painfully slow in processing the permanent voter cards;” while a non-governmental organisation, on Monday, urged the Commission to ensure timely distribution of PVCs before the governorship election – suggesting that the contrary is presently the case.
The Commission however recalled in the statement however, that it undertook polling unit level distribution of PVCs to registered voters in Osun State from Friday, 7th March, 2014 to Sunday, 9th March, 2014, simultaneously with the conduct of the exercise in Ekiti State.
INEC said in line with its guideline for the exercise, uncollected PVCs were at the end of the polling unit level distribution in March taken to respective local government office of the Commission in the state for subsequent issuance to legitimate holders.
It added that the distribution at the local government level has been on-going since then.
The Commission said this implies that all PVCs yet to be collected are at the 30 local government offices of the Commission in Osun State, awaiting legitimate holders to come for them.
But the Commission said it has disallow proxy collection to prevent abuse of the cards by unscrupulous persons.
It therefore urged prospective voters in the August 9 election who are yet to collect their PVCs are therefore urged to do so in readiness for the election.