A total of 649,183 permanent voter cards have not been collected by registered voters in Oyo State, up till date.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr. Mutiu Agboke, disclosed this on Monday when he led a high-powered delegation of INEC officials in the state on a visit to the Oyo State High Court, where the Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola.
Agboke also stated that since the commencement of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, more than 13,000 new voters have been registered, and that the ongoing CVR, started on January 8, this year, and will end this week Thursday, March 22.
Agboke, who said second phase would commence soon with a view to giving more Nigerians that have attained voting age, and those that have never registered before the opportunity to do so.
He added that those who either lost their PVCs or have them defaced, as well as those who have relocated from one place to another would also be given the opportunities to have another cards or have their voting powers transferred to their new places.
Agboke stated that INEC came up with two major documents, which are INEC Programme of Action and INEC Strategic Plan of Action, saying the two documents have been the guiding principles that commission has been working on, adding that one of the major components in the documents is a robust continuous engagement of stakeholders.
Speaking further on the CVR, he solicited the support of stakeholders as he raised the awareness and consciousness on the exercise, promising that “Those whose particulars have not been properly captured, will be regularised.
“Not only that, for those who have moved from one area to another, you don’t expect them to go and do multiple registration. We will help them to transfer their voting powers. For those who have also moved from one state to the other, we will help them with their voting powers.”
Responding, the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Abimbola, described INEC and judiciary as partners that must ensure that democracy is not scuttled in Nigeria, saying: “This will be the first time that INEC will come to the court and I agree with him when I listened to him that we need to talk to ourselves. We are partners in ensuring that democracy is not scuttled in this country.”
He noted that the electoral umpire has responsibility of conducting elections and some other functions, while the judiciary also has the responsibility of administering whatever the conduct of the election is, whether it is in compliance to the electoral rules or whatever.