From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, has said 700,000 permanent voter cards (PVCs) have not been collected from the commission in the state.
He disclosed this during a media briefing on the commencement of the scheduled Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, held at the Collation Centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ibadan, the state capital.
Agboke explained that the commission adopted online mode for the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise based on threats being posed by insecurity in the country as well as the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The commission decided to commence the scheduled CVR with an online exercise nationwide, using INEC portal . This shall be followed by the commencement of the scheduled appointments for online registrations and commencement of physical CVR on July 19, 2021 in all our INEC state and local government offices nationwide. INEC is carrying out the online CVR but the idea of online is a novel one.
“Those who have already been registered as voters can carry out all the other CVR activities. The essence is for two major reasons which are: first, to reduce overcrowding at our registration centres, especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and second, as a result of the prevailing security situation in the country, Oyo State in particular.”
Agboke said the commission has created 1,607 new polling units in the state, saying: “Initially, there were 4,783 polling units in the state. However, with the additional 1,607 new polling units, we now have a total number of 6, 390 polling units in the state.