2023 Elections: Low Response Of Collection Of Voter’s Cards Worries INEC In Kogi – REC Longpet

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From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner Of INEC, Kogi state,
Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, on Wednesday in Lokoja regretted the negative response of citizenry to INEC’s call to collect their PVCs as 189,760 cards are still uncollected.

Longpet who made it known at a press conference in his office said that the opening balance of uncollected PVCs as at 2019 in Kogi State was 154,984 adding only 13,689 of the number was collected as at November 7, 2022 leaving a balance of 141,295.

Longpet said that fresh registration from 2021 to 2022 was 38,595 and only 17,413 was distributed leaving a balance of 21,182 while the total transfer PVC for 2022 stood at 32,508 with just 5,225 distributed leaving a balance of 27,283.

Longpet revealed that the Commission would soon embark on sensitization and awareness campaign with Public Address systems for registered voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The Rec said that the commission was at the critical stage in the implementation of the timetable and schedule of activities for the General Elections.

He said that the Commission was engaging security agencies, Media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) among other stakeholders in its preparations and planning towards successful conduct of the 2023 General Elections.

“These include the distribution of some of the sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, the training of personnel who would be handling some of the newly introduced technological.

The commissioner said there is no going back on the deployment of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and INEC Result Viewing Portal (IREV) in 2023 General Elections.

He said the Commission was resolute on its stand adding that deployment of technology in the conduct of elections in the country has come to stay.

He said that while the BVAS would be used for voter accreditation, there would be electronic transmission of results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IREV) in real time on election day.

The REC said that cases of ballot box snatching, stuffing and over voting would be a thing of the past with the use technology of the BVAS adding hackers had tried unsuccessfully to hack into the newly adopted technology.

“| would like to use this opportunity to assure Nigerians that, as the Commission has always emphasized, there will be no going back on the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation and electronic transmission of results to INEC Result Viewing Portal (IREV) in real time on election day”, he said.

Longpet also revealed that culminating from the Continuous Voter Registration from 2021 to November 07, this year, the population of eligible voters in the state had appreciated from 2.6 million in 2019 to over 1.9 million.

He said that successes recorded in Anambra Ekiti, Osun, Ondo elections had reinforced the belief of the commission in the BVAS and IREV adding that the nation had advanced and nothing would stop its deployment of technology in subsequent elections in the country.

He said that the Commission would ensure that the upcoming display of voter register scheduled to take place across the 239 Wards (RAs) in the state was handled by at least two personnel per ward.

“In a few days, the Commission will be displaying the supplementary voter register in all the Wards and Local Government Areas of all the States”.

“This according to him is to enable Nigerians who had registered to go and verify their names and actual polling units that they will be voting at all the elections in 2023.”

“In our efforts to sanitize the process of voting, INEC had to decongest some polling units and have therefore converted some polling points into new polling units,”

He added that voters would be directed to where they would find their names if not found at their last voting point.


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