He Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released data on the number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.
The commission said no less than 239,746 people are yet to collect their PVCs in the three states where off-cycle gubernatorial elections will be held on Saturday, November 11.
This is contained in a statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Electoral Information and Education Committee of the commission, Sam Olumekun.
According to the commission’s breakdown, there are 39,249 uncollected PVCs in Bayelsa, 101,003 in Imo and 99,494 in Kogi states.
Of the total 1,056,862 registered voters in Bayelsa State, only 1,017,613 have collected their PVCs.
In Imo State, the number of registered voters is 2,419,922, of which 2,318,919 have collected their PVCs.
The commission said out of 1,932,654 registered voters, 1,833,160 have collected their PVCs in Kogi State.
The total votes will not exceed the total PVC collected – INEC
INEC also said it has published complete information on PVCs collected and not collected by electoral units.
The commission also warned that any electoral unit whose number of votes in the elections exceeded the number of PVCs collected would be cancelled.
“We call on all interested parties to take note of the information. Any vote from an electoral unit that exceeds the number of PVCs collected is equivalent to overvoting. The number of PVCs collected will be used to calculate the margin of advantage principle,” he said.
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“As done in recent elections, including the 2023 general elections, the Commission is publishing the complete information of collected and uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the three states by polling unit.”
INEC said the information also provides the distribution of polling units by local government areas, registration areas/districts, the names of the polling units, their code numbers, the number of registered voters and the PVC number collected and not collected.
“Equally significantly, the list provides the names and locations of the two electoral units in Bayelsa State and 38 in Imo State with no registered voters,” he said.
“Detailed information has been uploaded on the Commission’s website. www.inecnigeria.org“
Qosim Suleiman is a reporter for Premium Times in partnership with Report for the World, which pairs local newsrooms with talented emerging journalists to report on under-covered issues around the world.