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INEC conducts fresh registration of voters in 8 LGs, distributes 1 million cards in Kwara


inecILORIN – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will conduct fresh registration of voters in eight local government areas and distribute over one million permanent cards in Kwara State.

Chief Timothy Ibitoye, INEC Resident Commissioner, said this on Friday at a meeting with members of the State Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (SICVEP) in Ilorin.

He said 1.1 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) would be distributed in 1, 872 polling units in the 16 local government areas of the state.

Ibitoye said fresh registration would be conducted in the 76 polling units of the eight council areas where thumb prints of electorate were not properly captured during 2010/2011 registration.

He said the affected voters had been contacted not to bother to come for the collection of their PVC.

The electoral officer said the fresh registration at the affected polling units would take place during the Continuous Registration of Voters (CRV) from Aug. 20 to Aug. 25.

Ibitoye listed the affected areas to include Asa, with one polling unit; Ekiti (12 units), Ilorin East (23 units), Ilorin South (2 units), Moro (34 units) while Irepodun, Isin and Offa had one unit each.[eap_ad_2]

He said the commission had trained 1, 672 Distribution Officers (DOs) and 193 Supervisory Distribution Officers.

According to him, the officers are made up of NYSC members and staff of the commission in the state.

Ibitoye, therefore, appealed to the people of the state, who registered as voters in 2010/2011, to come out and collect their PVC at the polling units where they registered.

The REC advised the people to come with their temporary voters’ cards, to enable them to collect the permanent one.

He said anybody who recently turned 18 years would have the opportunity to register during the Continuous Registration of Voters from Aug. 20 in all the 193 wards in the state.

Ibitoye said that those who had changed residence since 2011 could transfer their voter cards to the new place of abode.

He said such a person would apply to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, seeking to transfer the voter card.

The REC said that once the application was granted, a new card would be issued to enable the person to vote in his new place of residence while the former card would be deleted from INEC records. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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