No fewer than 407,165 registered voters are yet to collect their voter’s card in Osun State, Dr Mutiu Agboke, the Resident Electoral Commissioner has said.
Agboke announced this while interacting with newsmen after a sensitisation programme held on Saturday in Osogbo.
He said that Osun had received 5,306 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The NewsZenith reports that the sensitisation was organised in collaboration with Power Of PVC, a non-governmental organisation.
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He noted that the non-collection of voters cards was a big issue for the commission.
“In Nigeria today, non-collection of PVC is a big problem for INEC.
“Unfortunately, we have discovered that some individuals have gone ahead purchasing PVCs for the electorates.
“So, there is a need for us to scale up the level of awareness for the people to go and collect the PVCs.
“For example, when I resumed in Osun, we have 408,197 PVCs
“Between Dec. 12 and Dec. 17, only 1,032 people have collected their PVCs.
“As I speak to you now, we have 407,165, waiting for collection.
“If we have over 400,000 PVC and only 1,000 have been collected, it means we’ve not done anything,” Agboke said.
Meanwhile, the REC has expressed the readiness of INEC to conduct the 2023 general election.
“We have received 5,306 BVAS and we are charging and configuring them.
“We also train our staff and partnering with stakeholders in preparation for the election.”
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