As the governorship election in Osun draws nearer, the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, on Wednesday, said the commission is fully prepared for the conduct of the forthcoming Governorship election in the State.
Speaking at the Osun Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondents’ Chapel personality interview programme ‘Newspoint’, Raji said that all the necessary materials for the election has been made available for the commission.
He said. “We are fully prepared for the election. If the election is taking place tomorrow, INEC Osun we are ready. The reason being that, we have received all the necessary materials needed for the election, what is left is the sensitive materials which are only made available 48 hours to the election because we don’t want people to go and print their own ballot papers, result sheets, we do t dish out the colour, the fixtures in all our materials until the election day.”
Speaking on the participation of INEC on political parties primary, Raji said, the constitutional provision stipulates that INEC should be part of the political parties primary elections, as an observer, and that INEC has been monitoring and observing the party primaries ahead of the election.
He disclosed that polling units in Osun have increased from 3010 to 3763, adding that the electoral body is working on bringing the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) which currently takes place in local government offices and state headquarters to the wards so as to give the people the opportunity to complete their registration and get cards close to their houses.
He stated that about 230,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected or unclaimed in the state.
” We have over 230,000 PVCs that are yet to be collected and we have sent these PVCs to our local government offices since June, 2021 and that is over 6 months now.
Only 397 has been collected since then throughout the state. We don’t know what is responsible and why people are not coming to collect it. We do mention it anytime we have voter education or sensitisation exercise. Yet, people are not coming to collect it.”
He said the CVR exercise would continue till March in Osun and that PVCs would be produced and made available to all the registered voters four weeks after the registration (which is both online and at INEC office and centres) closes.
He said newly registered voters would be alerted, through SMS and email, when their PVCs are ready.