By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
With over 400,000 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) yet to be claimed by duely registered electorate at the various offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Osun state, an appeal has gone to registered electorate to collect their PVCs.
A civil society organisation, Justice and Equity Organisation, accredited by INEC to observe the distribution of PVCs and monitor the August 9 governorship election in the state made the appeal on Wednesday, 16th July, 2014 while addressing a press conference in Osogbo.
The coordinator of the group, Mr. Bafunsho Tunde, expressed the need for the registered voters to visit their various INEC local government offices for the collection of their permanent voter’s cards saying only voters with PVC will be able to vote during the poll.
Tunde who bemoaned the high figure of unclaimed PVCs during Ekiti governorship election advised electorate in Osun to collect their PVC noting that doing so would guarantee the election of right candidate to govern the state.
According to him, “the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) in Osun state which began on 7th March, 2014 is still going on without any condition. INEC is very transparent, independent, non-partisanship and have not been requesting and would never ask for your party identity before they release PVCs.”
The coordinator of the civil society organisation also urged the citizens of the state that registered during the Continous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise that took place from Wednesday, 12th to Sunday 16th March, 2014 in the state and those that have done their inter-state and intra-state transfer of their voters’ cards to visit INEC offices and collect their PVCs.
He said that INEC offices located in the 30 local government areas of the state open from 8am to 4pm, from Monday to Friday stressing that the PVCs must be collected personally.
Tunde then revealed that INEC has made adequate arrangement to make Osun gubernatorial election better than the recently concluded Ekiti election, saying electorate should collect their PVCs to perform their civic right for the sustenance of democracy in the country.
Speaking on the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti where Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged winner, Tunde said the poll was the best conducted election in the country adding that INEC would improve on Osun August 9 election.
He said “the concluded Ekiti governorship election has restored electorate’s confidence as well as international observers impression about INEC and the electoral body is improving on its previous mistakes.”