By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barrister Mutiu Agboke has appealed to the electorate to collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in support of a credible, free and fair election.
Agboke made the appeal at a media briefing in Ibadan at the end of the first quarter of the 2021 Nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
According to him, the development became inevitable in order to ensure and guarantee better exercise to voters during elections, adding that the idea is also to make new polling units available for voters during the first phase of CVR exercise.
“You will recall that our first media briefing regarding the first phase of the re-scheduled Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise was held on June 30th,2021.
“Specifically, I mentioned that the commission had additional 1,607 polling units to the initial number of 4,783 polling units, making the total number of 6,390 polling units in the state.”
Giving an update on the first phase of the CVR, Mr. Agboke said the commission introduced INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) as a new technological driven innovation to among other things facilitate the In-Person (Physical) Registration aspect of CVR.
According to him, the commission commenced the scheduled CVR with an Online Pre- registration exercise on June 28th, 2021 nationwide using INEC Portal: www.cvr.inecnigeria.org, saying the In-Person (Physical)) Registration both at INEC state office and Local government offices began on July 26, 2021 accordingly.
“So far, we had 72,644 Pre- Registration Online statistics, while 19,135 have completed both online and In-Person (Physical) Registration.
“Having identified some of these challenges, we embarked on series of advocacy on voter education/enlightenment programmes at both the local government and state levels.
“We had various roadshow programmes at market/public places with the view of educating the electorate towards the CVR exercise.
“These activities have tremendously increased the tempo of awareness in the state, though we still have more grounds to cover in terms of creating awareness,” he said.
Agboke said out of the 2,934,107 registered voters in the state, the majority are yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, adding that 720,767 PVC still remain uncollected.
He said out of this number, there are those who have transferred to other states/location and those that have died and those who are yet to collect their PVC, a development which indicated Ibadan North Local Government as having the highest number of uncollected PVC.