ABEOKUTA – The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ogun State, Mr Sam Olumekun, on Monday said that about 1.4 million registered voters in the state would collect Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9.
Olumekun made the statement while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta on the distribution of PVCs and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would issue PVCs to all voters who were properly captured in the biometric register of voters compiled in 2011.
He said that the commission would embark on CVR from Nov. 12 to Nov. 17 in all the 236 wards in the state.
“It is pertinent to point out that people who have been properly registered and have their PVCs but have moved or transferred to another place need not worry.
“All they need to do is to take their PVCs to INEC office and apply through the electoral officer of their L.G.As for transfer,” he said.
The resident electoral commissioner said that INEC desired that all eligible voters should vote during the 2015 general elections.
He urged voters to ensure that their votes would count.
On loss, defacing or mutilation of temporary voter’s cards, he advised that an affected eligible voter should complete an attestation form at a polling station for re-issuance.
“Whoever does not find his/her name, due to incomplete data capture, is advised to come out physically during the CVR to get registered afresh in the 639 polling units in the state.
“Failure to come out to get re-captured during the CVR would amount to disenfranchising oneself,” Olumekun said.
He warned against multiple registration, saying that it would result in prosecution of perpetrators.
The official also said that people without the PVC would not be allowed to vote during the 2015 election.
He solicited the cooperation and support of all Nigerians toward the success of the exercise.
“I urge all political parties, civil society organisations, media organisations, labour unions, traditional rulers, religious leaders and all relevant organisations to enlighten and mobilise the citizenry,” he said. (NAN)