Oyo Records Large Turnout for PVC Collection

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It is believed that some Nigerians are fond of fire brigade approach to steps they should have been taken earlier without stress.
Last minute approach has been adjudged to be making the exercise stressful for both parties involved in the exercise.

INEC earlier fixed August 17, 2018 this year for suspension of the ongoing continuous voter registration which commenced on April 27, 2017.
According to the commission, the suspension would allow for enough periods for consolidation of data and running of Automated Fingerprint Identification System for detection and identification of multiple registrations.

In Oyo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has started recording larger turnout of eligible voters registering or coming to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.

Correspondent, Olawale Asake, who visited some of the INEC registration centres in Ibadan, reports that many people were seen on the queue for either registration or collection of their PVCs.

At Ibadan Southwest, Ibadan South East, Ibadan North and Ibadan North East local government areas of the State, large turnout of people were struggling to gain entrance even before their turn.

A cross section of the people expressed optimism that they would have it done no matter the time it took them to sit for the exercise.

One of the intending registrants said, the information about the deadline prompted him to come out for registration.

Other people maintained that, the massive turnout was intimidating, and the attitude of the INEC staff at the centres was impressive.

Reacting to the large turnout, Electoral Officers, Ibadan South West, Mrs Esther Kehinde and her counterpart in Ibadan South East, Mrs Abbai, said they had started recording an average of between 250 and 300 persons daily at their respective local government councils of the state.

The Electoral officers noted that INEC had extended its working hours from eight o’clock in the morning to five o’clock in the evening including Saturdays and Sundays to give room for more people to get registered.

While educating the public during the monitoring of the exercise on the need to register and collect PVC, Director, National Orientation Agency, Oyo State, Mrs Dolapo Dosumu called on the eligible voters to see the exercise as a civic responsibility, which would afford them the opportunity to elect leaders of their choice during elections.

Mrs Dosumu implored people not to exchange their cards for financial or material reasons, saying they should shun selling of their conscience for monetary gain.

Meanwhile, Independent National Electoral Commission has extended the ongoing registration till 31st of this month while collection of PVC will continue till election period.

Olawale Asake

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