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.

Free And Fair Elections Depend On You, Jega Tells Ekiti Politicians

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has charged all the political parties in Ekiti state to abide by the rules and regulations stipulated by the commission to ensure a free and fair election in the forthcoming Ekiti governorship polls.

Prof Jega also assured the people of the state that the commission will do all it can to conduct a free and fair election.

Prof. Jega, who was speaking during a meeting with politicians, security officials and past governors,  also warned that all political sign posts and billboards should be removed until 90 days to the election.

The INEC Resident Commissioner in the state, Mr Hussaini Pai promised that the forth coming governorship poll will be one of the best elections conducted so far in the country.

Also speaking with journalists after the event, former speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Aminu Bello Masari appealed to all politicians to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.so that peace can be achieved.

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr Jide Awe, in his remarks commended INEC for promising to ensure a free and fair election but was also quick to urge officials of the electoral body to be sincere in their conduct  just as promised.

The meeting, however, turned awry as politicians disagreed on who would ask the first question during the question and answer session.