The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says over 389,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), are still unclaimed in Kano State.
Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), said this when the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Alhaji Ahmad Dadinkowa, visited him on Thursday in Kano. Shehu, represented by the state INEC Administrative Secretary, Alhaji Garba Lawan, said that the PVCs were those produced from 2011 to 2018. “People were reluctant to come and collect their PVCs, hence the need for all stakeholders to assist in sensitising the voters to go and collect their own before the general elections,” he said.
The REC said that 569, 103 new voters were captured in the state at the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
“This is in addition to the already existing 5.4 million voters registered before the 2019 elections.
“With the 389,000 uncollected PVCS and the registration of over 569,000 new registrants, we will have about 1 million PVCs waiting to be collected before the 2023 General Elections,” he said.
Shehu urged all stakeholders to assist the commission in mobilising people and collect their PVCs. He said that the CVR would resume after the 2023 elections.
The REC said that before the 2019 elections, the state had about 8,017 polling units and over 3,000 voting points.
According to him, INEC converted those voting points to full-pledged polling units.
“So, now in Kano, we have 11, 222 polling units to be used during the 2023 elections.
”This was achieved with the contribution of all the stakeholders, that is, the traditional institutions and political parties, among others,” he said.
Shehu stated that the commission has initiated various reforms in the electoral process with a view to ensuring credible elections.
He also urged stakeholders to assist in sensitising the people against electoral violence and vote-buying.
Earlier, Dadinkowa, said that the visit was to seek for partnership with INEC to ensure free, fair and credible 2023 general elections.
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun says All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the July 16 governorship election in the state by wide margin.
According to him, winning his re-election is to consolidate on his achievements in the last three-and-a-half years.
The governor said this during an engagement meeting with the state chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), on Sunday in Osogbo.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the governor, however, appealed to the electorate not to be deceived by desperate politicians.
Oyetola, who said that he had been serving the state diligently since the beginning of his administration, said that those who lacked administrative capacity must not be allowed to truncate the developmental process in the state.
The governor said that he was optimistic of winning the election by wide margin.
He said his party was prepared and ready to ensure his victory through the support of the electorate.
“My desire is to win the July 16 election well, even with wide margin.
“The electorate are on my side; my achievements are there to speak for me and God is willing to crown my efforts,” he said.
Oyetola, however, appealed to the electorate to resist the temptation of selling their votes.
He said that they should not allow those who were bragging to win the election with dollars and euros to sabotage their future with peanuts.
“I want to appeal to the electorate to resist the temptation of selling their votes to desperate politicians.
“Osun is not for sale, neither are the people of the state for sale. Those who are bragging around with dollars to win the election have nothing to offer.
“They are only desperate to get the power without anything tangible to offer the state; we must not allow them to have access to our treasury,” he said.
Oyetola assured that he would not renege on his campaign promises, adding that the general welfare of the masses would continue to be his utmost priority.
“My second term will be for service, more than ever before. I will not relent because that is why I am the governor.
“The welfare of the masses, prompt payment of workers’ salaries and pension, empowerment, youth engagement, improved economy, health and education, among others, will not stop,” he said.
Oyetola urged the electorate to use their permanent voter cards (PVCS) to ensure victory for him and APC for the good work he had been doing to continue.
The governor also warned politicians against violence, adding that the election should not be seen as a do-or-die.
Oyetola said that anyone caught perpetrating violence before, during and after the election would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“Osun is known for peace and we should not allow anything, not even the election, to truncate the peaceful atmosphere.
“Election should not be seen as a do-or-die, but as an avenue to serve humanity.
“I appeal to all the political gladiators in the Osun to abide by the rules of the election for the sake of peace.
“Anyone caught causing violence, no matter how highly placed, will be dealt with by security agencies,” he said.
The governor, however, said that his administration would continue to support the farmers with necessary farm inputs and implements.
Oyetola said that his government had set aside 1,000 hectares of land for farming to boost food sufficiency and make the state the food basket of the South-West zone.
The initiative, according to him, is to rejuvenate the agricultural sector by making it more attractive and productive for farmers, particularly the young ones.
In his remarks, AFAN Chairman in the state, Mr Suleiman Araokanmi, commended the governor for his various interventions in the agricultural sector in the state.
Araokanmi, however, appealed to government to give more farm inputs to farmers to enhance more food production.
He also pledged his association’s support for the re-election bid of the governor.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has begun the distribution of Permanent Electoral Cédulas, PVC, in the FCT before the Area Council elections scheduled for February 12.
Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Voter Information and Education Committee, told the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday that the Commission printed 39,208 new PVCs.
He said they would be distributed to registered voters who participated in the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise, CVR, recently suspended in the territory.
He also told NAN that the distribution would cover applicants for transfers, replacement of lost or damaged PVCS and updating of voter records.
Okoye said the distribution of the cards began Monday and would end on February 4, urging registered voters to still pick them up to do so.
“All those who participated in the CVR at the FCT are encouraged to collect their PVCs at the six Area Councils.
“We encourage those who have previously registered and have not collected their PVCs to take advantage of this opportunity and do so.
“Those who transferred their registration from one Area Council to another or from other states to the FCT are encouraged to come to the INEC Area Council offices to collect their cards.
"Those who requested the replacement of lost or damaged PVCS and the update of voter records should do the same," he said.
The national commissioner recalled that 42,986 Nigerians completed their registration with the FCT.
Mr. Okoye said that after diligent data verification and cleansing using the Commission's Automatic Biometric Identification System, 14,665 multiple registrants were removed leaving 28,321 valid registrants.
He said the Commission might not extend the deadline for the collection of PVC.
"Those who made the necessary efforts to register must go the extra mile collecting their PVCs and exercising their democratic mandate," he said.
Mr. Okoye emphasized that the Commission did not print PVC for those who participated in multiple registrations, as their previous registration was still valid.
He explained that they could vote in the Electoral Units and Registration Areas of their current registry.
"The new registries have been quarantined and the Commission will decide at a later date on the fate of those who committed illegal electoral acts," he also said.
The FCT Area Councils have 68 electoral districts for six Presidents and 62 Councilors.
The elections for the presidential positions will be contested by 55 candidates (52 men and three women), while the elections for the vice presidency will have 47 men and eight women sponsored by 14 political parties.
The 363 candidates competing for Councilor positions are 332 men and 31 women.
In all, 473 candidates and their running mates compete for the 68 elective seats.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says that the new record in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registry, CVR, amounts to 4,539,102, at 7 am on Monday, December 6.
The commission revealed this in a weekly update for the second quarter, week nine on CVR, which it published in Abuja.
The commission in the update, revealed that 2,096,623 registrants had completed the online and physical registration, made up of 1,058,786 men; 1,037,837 women; and 20,686 people living with disabilities, people with disabilities.
He noted that a breakdown by type of registration revealed that 853,712 were registered online, while 1,242,911 was through physical registration.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the age distribution of new entrants shows that 1,494,479 are young people between the ages of 18 and 34; 411,046, middle-aged from 35 to 49 years; 169,077 seniors aged 50 to 69 years and 22,021 seniors aged 70 and over.
The distribution by occupation also shows that 132,723 are artisans, 393,169 in business, 196,816 agriculture / fishing, 204,448 housewives, 83,615 civil servants, 135,799 merchants, 25,972 civil servants, 818,191 students and 105,890 other / unspecified.
NAN also reports that the distribution shows that Osun has the highest number of registrants who completed their registration with 167,051; followed by Anambra, with 138,743; Delta with 120,134 and Kano State with 106,556.
The state with the lowest number of registered people was Imo with 13,856; followed by Yobe with 23,915 and Zamfara 29,989.
The commission said it had also received a total of 7,208,664 requests, including transfer requests, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCS, and update of the voter information registry, among others.
The breakdown of applications by gender indicated that 3,862,802 applicants were male, 3,345,862 were female, and 76,065 applications came from PWDS.