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INEC distributes 2.4m PVCs to voters in Bayelsa, Kogi ahead of governorship elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Wednesday that 2,485, 136 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have been distributed to the electorate in Bayelsa and Kogi state ahead of the November 16 governorship elections in the two states.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a quarterly consultative meeting of the Commission with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Abuja.

He said: “A total of 889,308 PVCs were collected in Bayelsa, while 1,485,828 PVCs were collected by the electorate in Kogi as at September 30.”

Yakubu maintained that in Bayelsa, the number of PVCs collected was 923,182 (96.3 percent) of total registered voters in the state, while 33, 874 PVCs (3.7 percent) were uncollected.

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He also said 1,485,828 PVCs (90.2 percent) out of the total registered voters of 1, 646, 350 were collected in Kogi, while 160,522 PVCs (9.8 percent) were still uncollected.

“The Commission will make available detailed figures of PVCs collected in each state by Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Registration Areas (RAs) as part of our continuing the effort to deepen transparency and accountability.

“Copies will be made available at the Commission stakeholders’ meetings in Yenagoa and Lokoja. The same information will also be uploaded on the INEC website.

“Meanwhile, all uncollected PVCs have been retrieved from our LGA offices and would be deposited at the branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Bayelsa and Kogi for safe keeping, pending the resumption of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR),’’ the INEC chairman added.

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