By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji on Wednesday, said the commission is fully prepared for the conduct of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Speaking at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondents’ Chapel personality interview programme ‘Newspoint’, Raji said that all the necessary materials for the election has been made available for the commission.
He said. “We are fully prepared for the election. If the election is taking place tomorrow, INEC Osun we are ready. The reason being that, we have received all the necessary materials needed for the election.
“What is left is the sensitive materials which are only made available 48 hours to the election because we don’t want people to go and print their own ballot papers and result sheets.”
Speaking on the participation of INEC during the primaries of political parties, Raji said, the constitutional provision stipulates that the Commission should be part of the process as an observer.
He also disclosed that polling units in Osun State have increased from 3010 to 3763, adding that the electoral body is working on bringing the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) which currently takes place in local government offices and state headquarters to the wards which will give the people the opportunity to complete their registration and get their cards close to their houses.
He stated that about 230,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected or unclaimed in the state.
“We have over 230,000 PVCs that are yet to be collected and we have sent these PVCs to our local government offices since June, 2021 and that is over six months now.
“Only 397 have been collected since then throughout the state. We don’t know what is responsible and why people are not coming to collect it. We do mention it anytime we have voter education or sensitisation exercise. Yet, people are not coming to collect it.”
He said the CVR exercise would continue till March and that PVCs would be produced and made available to all registered voters four weeks after the registration (which is both online and at INEC office and centres) closes.
He said newly registered voters would be alerted, through SMS and email, when their PVCs are ready.