Available PVCs exceed total registered voters in Oyo

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Indications emerged on Friday that the number of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, in Oyo State is 28,539 higher than the number of registered voters.

While the aggregate of available PVCs is 2,962,646, the number of registered voters stands at 2,934,107.

This was revealed from data obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office in Ibadan, the state capital.

It had it that 2,176,352 of the voters’ card had been collected.

However, INEC’s Head of Publicity in the state, Olayiwola Awolowo, explained the causes of the discrepancy in the figures.

Awolowo explained that some of the owners of the uncollected PVCs are dead, while others had transferred their details to their new locations.

Awolowo said, “The total number of uncollected PVCs is 786,294 while 2 176,352 PVCs have been collected.

“The total number of registered voters is 2,934,107. The difference in the figures of the PVCs and registered voters is because some owners of the uncollected PVCs are dead while some have been transferred.

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“All the sensitive materials have been distributed to the INEC offices across the state. As for the sensitive materials, they are still with the CBN. We will call party agents and journalists to witness the distribution of the materials as soon as we are ready.”

Awolowo stated further that all INEC offices in the state had been secured against attacks by security agents, adding that the commission was fully prepared for the Saturday presidential and National Assembly elections.

He said 946 card readers were available as backup for those that might malfunction during the exercise, adding that 1,607 new polling units had been created across the state to ease the process.

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