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The Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, has asked registered voters in the state to ensure they collect their Permanent Voter Card, insisting that only those with PVC would be allowed to cast vote during the forthcoming general elections.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the commission on Thursday, Agbaje disclosed that the commission had concluded arrangements to take PVCs to rural areas in Osun for collection by their owners.
The REC announced that the collection would take place between Wednesday 16 and Monday 21st January.
Agbaje also called for support of journalists to achieve success in the coming elections.
He advised Journalists and members of the public to make their enquiries or complaints through 08168963080, 07057789656 and 07086575910.
He advised those that are yet to collect their PVCs to use the opportunity disclosing that a total of 1,253,484 PVCs have been distributed out of 1,681,930 leaving a total of 428,446 uncollected.
According to him, “while commending the media for the various roles geared towards collaborating with the commission in her efforts towards deepening the country’s democracy, I want to urge you to begin to positively engage the political class and make them see reason to shun all Electoral vices and embrace good conduct in politics.
“I want to particularly urge the political parties’ leaders, contestants and their followers to shun all acts that could hinder the smooth conduct of the elections such as the use of thugs to disrupt the electoral process, snatching of ballot boxes, intimidation of election officials, vote buying, among other electoral vices.
“It is necessary to remind the general public that when the number of registered voters in the polling units where polls are cancelled due to irregularities in any election is more than the difference between the leading candidate and the first runner up, the election will be declared inconclusive and supplementary election conducted in the cancelled polling units to determine the winner of the election.”
He noted that Osun was the first attempt to kill vote buying in Nigeria and the commission achieved success. He disclosed that politicians are now buying votes ahead of election, thus making it difficult for the commission to checkmate.
Agbaje stated that the commission is prosecuting three people arrested in connection with the last governorship election in Osun State.