Aregbesola counsels eligible voters on franchise

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OSOGBO – Gov. Rauf Aregbersola of Osun State has urged prospective voters to get Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to enable them exercise their franchise in the Aug. 9 governorship poll and subsequent elections.

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The governor made the appeal on Friday at Osogbo in a broadcast to residents of the state, as three-day verification for the collection of voter card began in Osogbo.

INEC embarks on the exercise to ensure a credible and transparent election.

Aregbesola said the PVC was readily available for those who had registered to vote at the 2011 elections and possessed a Temporary Voter Card (TVC).

“Even if you have lost your TVC, you can still collect the new permanent card which is not transferable and cannot be counterfeited.

“This is a warning to anyone designing any plan to manipulate the card, impersonate someone else or use it illegally in any form, that he or she will be caught in the process.

“If your name is not on the register, remain calm, do not panic, there is no cause for alarm as adequate provisions have been made to address your case and to ensure you collect your own card,” he said.

The governor, however, warned the people to be vigilant and conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner during the exercise.

Meanwhile, residents of the state on Friday came out in their hundreds to partake in the exercise, as most of the polling units visited in Osogbo were flooded by eligible voters.

The exercise was orderly as people queued at designated centres while the law enforcement agents were out to ensure law and order. (NAN)

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