CVR: INEC records 19,135 new registrants in Oyo, suspends registration till Oct. 4

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 19,135 people have completed both the online pre-registration and physical registration during the first quarter of the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in Oyo State.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mutiu Agboke, made this known on Thursday in Ibadan, while briefing newsmen on the 2021 first quarter nationwide CVR.

Agboke said that the commission had 72, 644 pre-registration online statistics, of which 19,135 had completed the registration.

He recalled that INEC commenced the scheduled CVR with an online pre-registration exercise on June 28 across the country, followed by physical registration on July 26.

The resident electoral commissioner, thereafter, announced the temporary suspension of the exercise from  Sept. 21 to Oct.3 to allow for the display of claims and objections.

Agboke said that registers of the new voters would be displayed in all the 33 local government areas in the state from Sept. 24 to Sept. 30.

“The aim is to enable the citizens to assist the commission in identifying ineligible registrants on the list ahead of the cleaning up of the registers before adding fresh registrants to the current registers and the printing of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) for future elections.

“Let all stakeholders assist the commission to eliminate ineligible registrants, including foreigners and people below the age of 18.“Nigerians should also assist the commission to identify multiple registrants and deceased persons so that such be removed from the register accordingly,” he said.

The REC, also said that the just concluded first phase witnessed some challenges “ranging from inability of some people to complete the registration physically.

“Some people involved in multiple registrations, inability of some registrants to identify their polling units/ward areas, among others.”

He said the commission embarked on series of advocacy, and enlightenment programme at both local and state government levels.

According to him, the activities have tremendously increased the tempo of awareness about the exercise in the state.

On uncollected PVCs in the state, the REC disclosed that a total number of 720,767 PVCs were still in the custody of the commission.

He added that Ibadan North Local Government Area has the highest numbers of uncollected PVCs with 73, 410, while Atisbo Local Government Area has the lowest numbers with 2,179.Agboke, however, called on the political class and political parties to mobilise the electorate to register, so as to be on the voters’ registration list for the 2023 General Elections. (NAN)

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