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INEC takes delivery of non sensitive materials/PVCs in Plateau

Dr Oliver Agundu

From Teryima Ajijah Jos

The newly posted Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Plateau State, Dr Oliver Agundu, has said the commission has taken delivery of 362,465 newly produced Permanent Voters Cards (PVC’s) and four trucks load of of non sensitive materials in the state.

“Let me at this juncture inform you that we have just taken delivery of another batch of PVCs totalling Three hundred and sixty two thousand, four hundred and sixty five (362, 465) of those that registered newly this year as well as cases of transfers and replacements,” he said.

Plateau REC, who until his appointment was a lecturer at the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi made the disclosure during an interaction with journalists in Jos at the commission’s secretariat on Monday.

Dr Agundu, however, expressed worry that most electorates in the state are reluctant in collecting their PVC’s.

“We observed during my tour of all the local governments areas that people are reluctant in cross checking their details on the voters register, for claim and objection, we also noted that people want politicians to mobilize them for collection of their PVC’s,” he stated.

Speaking on alleged under age voters on the register of the commission and subsequently owning PVC’s ready to participate in the forthcoming elections; the Plateau REC said it’s not possible, because the present system will not allow such.

He said in any case, if the allegations about the under age persons were true, such exposure shall help in the conduct of a more credible, free and fair polls. To that end, he called on citizens to expose such persons to the commission.

According to him, anyone who buys voters card has embarked on an exercise in futility, because the system have been upgraded such that it will not accept such act.

Speaking further on credibility of INEC, he said he and the management of the commission in the state are under oath and obligation to deliver a transparent, fair and acceptable election, therefore, there is no cause for alarm.

“Let me state clearly that I am here to work with my team to deliver the most credible and transparent election in the history of Plateau State; anchored on accountability, level playing ground and impartiality,” he maintained.

Dr Agundu noted that INEC is prepared to conduct a more digital 2023 general election, in accordance with the 2022 Electoral Act, therefore, the public should expect better results.

He pleaded with journalists to report activities of the commission fairly to enable the public have confidence in the process; he, however, warned against fake news.

“I humbly solicit for your support to enable us achieve the mandate given us to serve Nigerians in this capacity,” he appealed to journalists.

He stressed that “do keep the public, especially the people of the Plateau informed about INEC activities and their civic responsibilities.”

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