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Oyo REC solicits support to weed out ineligible, multiple registrants, others

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
24 September 2021   |   3:20 am
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, yesterday, solicited the support of all stakeholders to weed out ineligible registrants, multiple registrants and deceased persons from the voter’s register.

Says over 720,000 PVCs still remain uncollected in state

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, yesterday, solicited the support of all stakeholders to weed out ineligible registrants, multiple registrants and deceased persons from the voter’s register.

He said over 720,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) still remained uncollected in the state. Agboke stated these while briefing and giving an update to journalists on the end of the first quarter 2021 nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise held at the INEC Conference Room, Ibadan, the state capital.

He disclosed that out of 2,934,107 registered voters in the state, majority of them were yet to collect their PVCs.

Agboke said: “The commission commenced the scheduled CVR with an online pre-registration exercise on June 28, 2021 nationwide, using the INEC portal. The in-person registration at both INEC office and local council 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.”

He, therefore, solicited the support of all stakeholders for the CVR exercise and elimination of ineligible registrants from the commission’s register, saying: “As provided by Section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the commission is mandated to publish the register of voters for a period of not less than five days and not more than 14 days for public scrutiny during which citizens may make claims and objections.

“In compliance with the law, the register of new voters will be displayed in the 33 local councils from September 24 to 30, 2021.

“Let me categorically say that the media, including all stakeholders, should assist the commission to eliminate ineligible registrants, including foreigners and Nigerians below the age of 18. Nigerians should also assist the commission to identify multiple registrants and deceased persons so that they can be removed from the register accordingly.

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