By Muhammad Auwal
Yola, Jan.23, 2019 ( NNN) The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has said that 1.6 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have been collected by eligible voters in Adamawa.
Mr Kasim Gaidam, Adamawa INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Wednesday in Yola that the PVCs collected were out of the 1.973,882 issued so far for the state residents.l.
“We have 1.973,882 million tentative registered voters in the state, and so far 1.6 million PVCs have been collected,” gaidam said.
He expressed satisfaction at the turnout of the people for collection of their PVCs across the state.
He said that the issuance of the PVCs would continue until February 8, and advised those yet to collect the68rs to urgently do so.
On the training of conventional and ad-hoc staff, he said the commission at the state level had trained various stakeholders that included election supervisors and presiding officers.
On security challenges in the state , he said that the commission and security agencies had put in place strategies that would involve the use of some internally – displaced persons camps as voting centres.
” The camps are established in Madagali, Gulak and Shuwa towns,” Gaidam said. (NNN)
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/ Ijeoma Popoola
Kwara by-election: 43,695 voters collect PVCs in Patigi LG – REC
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, has said that 43,695 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Patigi ahead of the scheduled by-election into the vacant state assembly seat.
The REC disclosed this on Wednesday in Ilorin during a meeting with the eight political parties that would participate in the by-election and members of Inter-Agencies Committee on Election Security (IACES).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that eight political parties have so far signified interest to take part in the March 14, by-election into Patigi state constituency.
The political parties are All Progressives Congress (APC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), People Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria People Party (NNPP).
Others are the Action People Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), African Action Congress (AAC) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Attahiru-Madami promised to be open, transparent and give all the political parties participating in the by-election a level playing ground.
According to the REC, there are 52,233 registered voters in Patigi state constituency, while 51,476 PVCs were received from INEC headquarters.
He added that a total of 43,695 PVCs were collected, leaving 7,781 uncollected PVCs which he said were kept in the vault of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Ilorin.
The REC also said that the by-election would be conducted in 105 places made up of 10 Registration Areas, 59 polling units and 46 Voting Points.
He commended the leadership of political parties in the state for the success of 2019 general elections.
Attahiru-Madami also expressed his gratitude and that of INEC staff to the political parties’ leaders in Kwara for the conduct of the 2019 elections adjudged the best in the country.
“I want to seize this opportunity to appeal to the participating political parties to live up to the Kwara State motto os ‘State of Harmony’.
“We should conduct ourselves in a peaceful manner, especially during Campaign/Election Day and after Election.
“Please no violence, no use of thugs. You all know INEC do not have thugs, Security Agencies do not have thugs, but Political Parties.
“If you decide as it was in 2019 that you will not use thugs for violence, then you are guaranteeing a peaceful election,” the REC added.
Attahiru-Madami promised that the commission, under his leadership, would never compromise election and would give a level playing field to all the political parties.
“We need peace before, during and after the election and only the political parties can guarantee that.
“All eyes/ears will be on this by-election in Kwara as Nigerians will like to know that our performance in 2019 General Election was not a fluke,” he added.
DCP Abimbola Sokoya, who represented the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayoye Egbetokun, said maintenance of law and order as well as securing lives and properties of the people were the duty of the police.
He said police has carried out pre-election security surveillance in Patigi in preparation for the March 14 by-election.
Sokoya appealed to the eight political parties taking part in the by-election to avoid anything that can degenerate to crisis during their campaigns.
Speaking on behalf of the political parties, the state Chairman of APC, Mr Theophilus Oyebiyi, extolled the openness of the REC.
“On behalf of the other political parties, I want to extol your openness, unbiased conduct and integrity during the 2019 General Elections,” he said.
Oyebiyi pledged the cooperation of all the eight political parties to ensure free, fair, credible and acceptable by-election.
NAN reports that the meeting was attended by representatives of the eight political parties, heads or representatives of all security agencies in the state and INEC HODs.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
INEC to decide resumption date for PVCs collection soon — Okoye
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said it was yet to take any decision on the resumption for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) remaining after the 2019 general elections.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja.
Okoye, however, said that the commission would look into the matter later to determine when it would resume the distribution of the uncollected cards to the owners.
NAN reports that INEC stopped the collection of PVCs on Feb. 11, 2019, ahead of the general election.
According to INEC, as at the deadline for collection of the PVCs, out of the 84,000,484 registered voters, the total number of PVCs collected stood at 72,775,585, which represents 86.3 per cent of the total PVCs produced.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Wale Ojetimi
APC accuses PDP of producing fake PVCs ahead of Bayelsa poll; it’s not true PDP
All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has uncovered fake Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) allegedly manufactured in large scale by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Nov. 16, Bayelsa governorship election.
In a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Friday, APC alleged that the fake PVCs have been code-named “Biafra Cards” by the PDP.
According to Nabena, Bayelsa state chapter of PDP has begun large scale manufacturing of fake PVCs.
“We are receiving real time reports that the PDP-led government in the state is manufacturing fake Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) code-named “Biafra cards” at the Government House.”
The APC chieftain alleged that some of the manufactured fake PVCs were deposited at the residence of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the state governor in Odoni ward eight in Sagbama Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
He recalled that that during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state, only 22 smart card readers out of the 69 stolen by political thugs were retrieved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“The PDP-led government in Bayelsa is planning to configure the 47 smart card readers still in its possession with the fake PVCs which PDP is currently mass producing.
“I call on our security and intelligence agencies to urgently carry out strategic raids to stop PDP’s illegal operations, retrieve the smart card readers and mop up the fake PVCs which the party has code-named “Biafra cards,” he said.
Nabena called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security, anti-corruption and other relevant agencies to intervene to ensure hitch-free election in the state.
He urged the electorate to resist alleged plots by the PDP-led government to foist governorship candidate on Bayelsans through rigging, vote-buying and violence.
The APC chieftain called on INEC to rise up to the occasion and ensure free, fair and credible poll.
Reacting, the state Publicity Secretary the PDP, Mr Mackbere Osom dismissed the allegation, urging the public to disregard it, insisting that the APC was not ready to contest the governorship election.
Osom said APC had shown clearly that it was not ready by boycotting the governorship debate saying it was only making statements to distract the PDP.
“Ask the APC why are they not campaigning? PDP is busy campaigning to Bayelsans but APC wants to rely on ‘federal might.’ We are waiting for them. Is it PDP or INEC that has responsibility of producing PVCs? Let them go and campaign.
“APC had an opportunity to present its programmes to Bayelsans during the governorship debate but because they have a candidate who is not ready, he ran away. PDP has been winning election since 1999 and we don’t need to produce PVCs to defeat APC,” he said.
Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa
INEC won’t extend deadline for collection of PVCs in Kogi, Bayelsa – spokesperson
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not extend the Sept. 30, deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Kogi and Bayelsa.
Mr Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja.
Okoye stressed that the commission had no reason to extend the deadline for the collection of the cards in the two states.
He said that enough time had been given to owners of uncollected cards to collect them, adding that the commission adopted measures to reach them for collection.
“We held market outreaches, we called some of the card owners on phone and we also sent out SMS to some of them.
“We approached community leaders in all those places, we also cascaded them to all the places we believe the owners of those PVCs are.
“So, as at today (Monday), there is no reason whatsoever for extending the deadline for the collection of the PVCs.
“We have given people sufficient time to do that. We kept reminding them on daily basis and we were giving a countdown on the deadline in each of the states.
“We have also been informing Nigerians the number of PVCs collected and those yet to be collected.
“So, as at today the commission has not found any reason to extend the deadline.”
Okoye said that INEC needed to close the collection to ascertain the number of cards that would be used during the Nov. 16 elections in the two states.
He added that the commission needed time to continue with its planning and other stages of the elections in both states.
“ When the collection is over, we will recall all uncollected PVCs and make a return to INEC state headquarters.
“Then the final figure of what was collected during the period and the uncollected will be made available to all political parties contesting these elections,’’ he said.
Edited by Johnson Eyiangho/Ifeyinwa Omowole
INEC still in possession of 201,143 PVCs in Kogi, Bayelsa as at Sept. 20
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that 201,143 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have yet to be collected in Kogi and Bayelsa as at Sept. 20.
The commission this disclosed on Thursday in a progress report on PVC collection, which it started on Sept. 2, ahead of Nov. 16 governorship elections in the two states.
The breakdown of the figure in an infographic reports entitled: “Consolidated PVCs collection as at Sept. 20” 163, 856 PVCs have yet to be collected in Kogi, while the commission was still in passion of 37,287 cards in Bayelsa.
The reports made available to Nigeria News Agency , revealed that so far 7,044 PVCs were collected in Kogi within the first three weeks out of 170,900 uncollected cards in the state.
The report, which was broken down per local government in each state, also revealed that in “Bayelsa 10,206 cards were so far collected within the same two weeks, out of 47,493 opening balance of uncollected PVCs as at Sept. 2’’.
It shows that in Bayelsa 2,045 cards were collected within the first week, 4,536 in the second week, while in Kogi 2,276 and 2,993 cards were collected in first and second weeks respectively.
It also revealed that in the third weeks 3,625 cards were collected in Bayelsa and while 1,775 in PVCs were collected in the same third weeks in Kogi.
The collection of PVCs will continue until Sept. 30 in the two states.
Edited by Gregg Mmaduakolam/Kayode Olaitan
165,631 PVCs not collected in Kogi, 40,912 in Bayelsa – INEC
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that 165,631 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected in kogi and 40,912 in Bayelsa, as at Sept. 13.
ahead of Nov. 16 governorship elections in the two states.
170,900 uncollected cards in the state.
in Bayelsa 6,581 cards were so far collected within the same two weeks, out of 47,493 opening balance of uncollected PVCs as at Sept. 2.
2,045 cards were collected within the first week and 4,536 in the second week, while in Kogi 2,276 and 2,993 cards were collected in in first and second weeks respectively.
The collection of PVCs will continue till Sept. 30 in the two states.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi urged registered voters in the two states yet to collect their PVCs to do so.
“We appeal to all eligible voters in Bayelsa and Kogi who have not collected their PVCs to do so before the deadline.”
Edited by Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide
Kogi, Bayelsa: IPAC urges voters to collect PVCs
Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has urged registered voters in Kogi and Bayelsa who have yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to do so before Sept. 30 deadline of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
IPAC President, Chief Peter Ameh, gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja.
Ameh, the National Chairman of Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA), said that IPAC would be embarking on awareness campaign in the two states on need for registered voters to collect their PVCs as well embrace peaceful election.
He said that IPAC would also be engaging critical stakeholders in ensuring that the elections in the two states were peaceful and successful.
“We are going to be campaigning on Kogi and Bayelsa for free and non-violence elections.
“We are also going to campaign for those who have yet to collect their PVCs to do so before the deadline for collection.
“We are also going to advocate that citizens do not sell their votes,” he said.
Ameh advised voters in the states to embrace peace and not allow themselves to be used for electoral violence in the Nov. 16 elections.
“Citizens must understand that elections are not war. Whoever wins in Kogi or Bayelsa will be citizen of the state and Nigerians. We are all brothers.
“What we are looking for is to bring out the best on the table that can be able to drive growth, development, bring cohesion into the development of the states and communal existence among various people,” he said.(NAN)
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan
170, 664 PVCs yet to be collected in Kogi , says INEC
Prof. James Apam, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi said that 170,664 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) have yet to be collected by their owners.
Apam, who disclosed this in Lokoja on Friday during a stakeholders meeting,said there was urgent need to get the cards across to their owners before the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state.
He told stakeholders, including political parties, security agencies, Media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Lokoja that the commission would commence the dustribution of the cards on Sept. 2.
He said that mobile teams would be engaged to go from place to place on designated days to ensure that the electorate were not disenfranchised as a result of the non-collection of the cards.
The commissioner said that YiagaAfrica, a CSO, had applied to monitor the process to ensure that the cards got to their rightful owners, adding that Electoral Officers were holding meetings at various levels to ensure the success of the mobile distribution of the PVCs.
He also said that non-sensitive materials for the Nov. 16, election had been received and would soon be distributed to Local Government Areas.
He said that the non-sensitive materials would also be sorted out.
This according to him, is to address issues of shortages that necessitated postponement of the last general election.
“We have also started training our own staff and ad-hoc staff training is to commence later in September to compliment the Youth corps members who will serve as our Polling Officers during the exercise.
“Ad-hoc staff are now to get appointment letters, this time, with their account numbers supplied. We shall pay them through their banks to avoid issues of non payment,” he said.
On complaints of non-payment arising from the last exercise, Apam said, “people who actually worked for us and have evidence should come, we will pay them, we have a budget for that and we will pay everyone. We are not going to “chop” your money.”
As part of the arrangements for the Nov. election, the commissioner said the commission had started “taking data of those with disabilities, those on wheelchair, places of worship, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
“These will also be incorporated into the training of the ad-hoc staff, ” he said.
Edited by Kola Adeyemi and Abdullahi Yusuf
Bayelsa guber poll: INEC to destribute 49,819 PVCs
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will distribute 49,819 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Bayelsa so as not to disfranchise some people during the Nov. 16 gubernatorial poll.
Mr Monday Udoh, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Bayelsa, said this in Yenagoa on Tuesday, during an election stakeholders forum on modalities for collection of PVCs, organised by the commission.
Udoh, represented by Mr Boco Ekong, INEC’s Executive Secretary in the state, said the distribution would commence across the eight local government areas of the state on Sept. 2.
According to him, the distribution is expected to take place at the Registration Areas (RAs) level from Sept. 2 to Sept. 31.
“In Nembe, we have 8,206 cards; Ogbia, 1,682; Sagbama, 5,091; Southern-Ijaw, 765; and Yenagoa Local Government Area, 21,601 cards.
“Our staff have been directed to start on Sept. 2 by moving from RA to RA, Monday through Friday.
“I therefore urged all eligible persons, who have yet to collect their PVCs, to use the opportunity to collect them,” the REC said.
Mr Eneyi Zidougha, Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), commended the scheduled PVCs distribution.
Zidougha stressed the need for stakeholders to support INEC to enable it to achieve a hitch-free and fair election in the people.
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