Ahead of the Ekiti Governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has revealed that out of 988,923 registered voters in the state, 749,065 have collected their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs as at Monday 13th June 2022.
This represents 76% rate of collection in the state.
The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at the Ekiti Governorship Election Stakeholders’ Meeting on Tuesday. Yakubu added that the collection of PVCs continues in all 16 Local Government Area Offices until Thursday, June 16th 2022.
He said “Voter registration was carried out all over the State, including the devolution of the exercise to the 177 Wards across the State. We have printed and delivered the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants in Ekiti State and collection of the cards by voters is ongoing. I am happy to note that many citizens have already collected their cards. Of the 988,923 registered voters in Ekiti State, 749,065 (or 76%) have collected their cards as at yesterday Monday 13th June 2022.
“However, in the last few days, the Commission has received several inquiries from citizens who are yet to collect their PVCs and are demanding to know when the collection of cards will be suspended before the election. In response to these enquiries, I wish to announce that the collection of PVCs will continue in all our 16 Local Government Area Offices until Thursday16th June 2022 to allow us one day (i.e. Friday 17th June 2022) for movement to the Registration Area Centres. I appeal to all registered voters that are yet to collect the PVCs to seize the opportunity to do so.”
Furthermore, the INEC Chairman stated that 87 observer groups have been accredited to observe the election.
According to him, the accreditation will serve as a testimony to the intense national and international interest of the Ekiti Governorship election, 2022.
“The Commission has accredited Polling Agents nominated by political parties for all the 2,445 polling units, 177 Ward collation centres, 16 Local Government Area collation centres and the State Collation Centre where the final declaration of result will be made.
“As a testimony to the intense national and international interest in the 2022 Ekiti State Governorship Election, 87 observer groups (79 domestic and 8 international) have been accredited to observe the election,” he said.