2023 Poll: 412,086 PVCs Still Uncollected As 300 Candidates Jostle For 26 Seats In Ogun Assembly- INEC Reveals - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

2023 Poll: 412,086 PVCs Still Uncollected As 300 Candidates Jostle For 26 Seats In Ogun Assembly- INEC Reveals

A total of 412, 086 (Four hundred and twelve thousand and eighty-six ) Permament Voter Cards are still uncollected by their owners in Ogun State, with less than two weeks to the holding of the 2023 presidential  and National Assembly elections slated for 25th of February

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr.Niyi Ijalaye Esq who revealed this during stakeholders forum on Tuesday in Abeokuta, said 2,276,219(two million, two hundred and seventy-six thousand, two hundred and nineteen) others obtained their PVCs out of the registered 2,688,305 ( two million, six hundred and eighty-eight thousand, three hundred and five eligible voters in the state 

He also disclosed that 12 candidates would be contesting for the governorship poll while 300 candidates are jostling for the just 26 seats in the Ogun State House of Assembly 

According to him, 32 candidates are contesting for the three Senatorial Districts while 94 others are seeking to be elected into nine seats in Federal Constituencies of the House of Representatives 

The Resident Commissioner added that all the non-sentitive materials recieved and deployed to the INEC offices in the 20Local Government Areas in the state

Ijalaye assured political parties and other stakeholders of the readiness to conduct credible and acceptable elections, urging eligible voters to conduct themselves during the exercise saying  voters  must present themselves to enable Bio-modal Voter Accreditation System BVAS to accredit them by either authentication of their fingers print or capturing of their faces 

He added that voting would commence by 8:00am and end by 2:30pm , assuring all accredited voters who are available within the voting hours of right to perform their civic responsibilities

INEC Head of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the state Lawrence Aladetoyinbo who expressed confidence of functionality of BVAS, said that the machines had been configured to accredit only forregistered voters in each of the polling units across the state

He added that BVAS would be used to accredit voters, immediately transmit results in each of the polling units and offload the results on the portal of INEC, describing it as a better device to smart card readers, saying it last longer hours  in terms of power

The State Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, Salihu Sanni assured voters of their safety during the exercise, warning violators to steer clear of polling units saying security personnel had been properly trained and ready to deal decively with criminals who want to destrupt the peaceful conduct of the poll in the state

High point of the event was signing of peace accord by political parties contesting the 2023 poll in the state, to ensure issues based campaign and peaceful conduct of their members before, during after the conduct of the elections

Those in attendance included top officials of All Progressives Congress (APC) People's Democratic Party (PDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), governorship candidates of PDP, Hon.Ladipupo Adebutu, as well as Mr Samuel Adeyemi of  Action Alliance and Engr Anthony Ojesina of  Social Democratic Party,  representatives of heads of security agencies , traditional rulers amongst others

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