2023: Over 296,000 PVCs are yet to be collected in Ondo, says INEC

NEWS DIGEST – Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that a total of 296,965 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by electorates in Ondo state.

Dr Rufus Akeju, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) disclosed this in Akure on Wednesday.

Akeju disclosed the CVR exercise is presently in its fourth stage which began on April 11 and will end on June 30, 2022.

He noted that as of May 30, 2022, the registration figure stands at 123,981.

He said, “A total of 21,749 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were received by the state for the 1st and 2nd phases of the CVR Exercise and are currently being distributed at our various Local Government Area Offices. Those who registered during these phases are to avail themselves of this opportunity to collect their PVCs.

“However, 296,965 previously printed PVCs uncollected are still available for collection by the rightful owners at the various Local Government INEC Offices.”

Also, Akeju disclosed that the online pre-registration activity has finished on the 30th of May, 2022 and the registration exercise itself will come to an end on June 30, 2022.

The Ondo INEC boss, said, “We want to sound a note of warning that registering more than once is a criminal offence under the law punishable by a prison term of not more than 12 months or a fine of N500,000 or both. Section 12 subsections 2 and 3 of the Electoral act.

“At the end of the CVR exercise a nation-wide Automatic Biometric Identification System (ABIS) will be run on all registrations and those who register more than once will be fished out, their names expunged from the voters’ register and be prosecuted.”

He, however, advised electorates whose PVC are ready for collection to go collect them instead of engaging in double registration of PVCs.

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