Ahead of November 26 governorship election in Ondo State the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said a total of 1,201,073 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) have been collected by eligible voters in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting held in Akure, the state capital.
He also informed that 344,006 of PVCs were still waiting to be collected by the electorate.
According to him, “It is important to stress at this juncture that only the PVCs would be used to vote during the governorship poll, while the smart card readers would be used for accreditation of voters.”
Agbaje urged the electorate to desist from selling their PVC, saying selling of PVCs or manipulation of the card was a grievous offence punishable under the law with fines and/or prison term.
The REC urged the electorate in the state to have confidence in INEC, assuring that the commission would remain unbiased, neutral and fair to all.
In his remark, Chairman of KOWA Party in the state, Mr. Olanrewaju Atanlogun, urged INEC to tackle the inadequacy of polling units to ensure that no one was disenfranchised.
Atanlogun, who is also the Deputy Chairman, Conference of National Political Parties in the state, added that INEC should also look into the security situation in the riverside areas of the state.