Ogun Declares Friday Work Free For PVC Collection

OgunThe Ogun State Government has declared tomorrow (Friday, March 27) as work free.

This is to ensure that all eligible voters in the state collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to enable them exercise their civic responsibility in the forthcoming elections.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, who announced this in a statement, said that the decision followed information that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state had received another batch of PVCs.

“We appeal to all eligible voters in the state to take advantage of the holiday to obtain their PVCs and carry out their civic duty by voting for candidates of their choice.

“Government also enjoins all stake holders to conduct themselves peacefully and eschew all forms of violence and tension during and after the elections.

“We further advise our people to abide by all electoral guidelines and avoid wearing attires and emblems of political parties to the polling stations,” the SSG added.

INEC’s Head Of Operations in Ogun State, Samuel Ogunjemilua, had disclosed that another batch of Permanent Voters Cards has arrived the state for distribution. This is despite the end of the distribution exercise.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun states, Prof Lai Olurode, had expressed concern over the failure of residents in Ogun State to collect about 589,377 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

He made the comment during a press briefing held in Abeokuta barely a week before the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) across the Nigerian Federation.

Ogun State has had the lowest number of PVC distribution across the country.

Ogun INEC Yet To Take Delivery Of 153,000 PVCs

INECFew days to the general elections, the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is yet to take delivery of about 153,000 Permanent Voter Cards belonging to residents of the state.

The Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state, Mr Dickson, made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, while commenting on latest development in the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards in the state.

He appealed for patience from those who have not been able to collect their PVCs, promising that the remaining and last batch of the cards due to the state would be delivered soon.

The Administrative Secretary also noted that in spite of the challenge, the commission has reached 63.3% distribution of the PVC meant for the state.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun states, Prof Lai Olurode, has expressed concern over the failure of residents in Ogun State to collect about 589,377 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

He made the comment during a press briefing held in Abeokuta barely a week before the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) across all 36 states of the Nigerian Federation as well as in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had extended the distribution and collection exercise of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by two weeks when the general election was postponed from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11.

INEC said on its website that of the 68,833,476 registered voters only 56,350,776 representing 81.87 percent had collected their PVCs, as at March 17, 2015.

555 PVCs Of Dead Persons Found In Ogun State

ogunAt least 555 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) belonging to dead residents from the 21 Local Government Areas of Ogun State have been discovered by the electoral commission while giving out the cards to voters.

The dead residents were registered in 2011.

The discovery was made known on Monday by the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Timothy Ibitoye.

Briefing reporters in his office at the Presidential Boulevard in Abeokuta, the state’s capital, Mr Ibitoye gave a breakdown of the number of PVCs distributed so far and the number of registered voters in the state.

While putting the records straight on the number of registered voters, the INEC commissioner said 1,795,794 voters registered in the state, as against 1,370,340, being quoted in some quarters.

Mr Ibitoye said the commission had distributed 860,076 PVCs, representing 63 per cent of the total registered PVCs while about 425,454 were still being expected from Abuja.

However, the Ogun INEC informed the residents of its readiness for the forthcoming election, saying that elections would be conducted in all the 3,210 polling units across the 236 wards of the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had earlier appealed to the INEC to speed up the distribution of the PVCs in the state.

The State government had organised a mobilisation and sensitisation forum, with the aim of educating the electorates on the forth coming general elections.

Ogun INEC Says It Is Ready For Elections

2011-ElectionsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ogun State has expressed its readiness for the general elections that will begin on February 14, saying that proactive measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch free exercise.

The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Timothy Ibitoye, gave the assurance at a mobilisation and sensitisation forum organised by the commission at the June 12 cultural centre in Abeokuta, the state capital.

While addressing the gathering, the Governor the State, Mr Ibikunle amosun, appeal to the INEC to speed up the distribution of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) which has become an issue, saying that about 35% of residents have so far been able to collect their cards.

The mobilisation and sensitisation forum on the 2015 elections brought together members of political parties, organised private sector, members of the European election observers, security chiefs in the state with the aim of educating the electorates on the forth coming general elections. The issue of the Permanent Voter Card seemed to have generated discourse at the occasion. Participants expressed concerns over the distribution and delay this sentiment was also shared by the governor of the state.

While expressing the readiness of the commission for the election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner said that elections would be conducted in all the 3,210 polling units across the 236 wards of the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

The commissioner also said that the commission was seeking the understanding and cooperation of all stakeholders in the state in its bid to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the state.

As part of efforts to ensure that electorates get their PVCs, the electoral body shifted the deadline for collection of the voters card to February 8, asking all registered voters to go to collection centres in their Local Government Area and pick up their cards.

It expressed optimism that over 80 per cent of the cards would be picked up before the elections begin.

There have been calls for the postponement of the elections since many electorates have not been able to collect their cards, but the electoral body said it had given enough time for the cards to be picked up.