The Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun State has said 555 of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards belonged to dead persons.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Timothy Ibitoye, said this on Monday at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Commission at Magbon area of Abeokuta.
He said the electoral body was able to discover that the cards belonged to deceased eligible voters during the compilation of lists of those who had their PVCs ready but failed to come for collection.
“We are struggling by all means to ensure that we have correct PVC distribution. We have gone to all the 20 local government areas in the state from one polling unit to the other to write out the names of those who have not collected their cards and upon investigation, they now gave us the figures, I mean the names of those who are dead in Egbeda, Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, in all the council areas of the state,” he said.
“The figures were what we have from our electoral officers and community leaders also assisted us in the exercise. We have put those PVC aside while our officers are still collating.”
He said there has been confusion in figures as far as PVC distribution was concerned in the state.
He said the number of registered voters in the state was 1,795,794 as against 1,829,534 published in some national dailies.
The electoral body boss also said that the commission in the state had so far received 1,370,340 PVCs from its headquarters in Abuja and had equally distributed 860,076.
“If we based the percentage of the PVC and the total number of registered voters, it gives us approximately 63 per cent, but if we based it on the registered voters, it is about 47. 9 which represents 48 per cent,” he said.
“The true position is what we have given you and we are still expecting 425,424. The number of PVC yet to be collected is 510,264 and as soon as we receive the remaining, we will distribute it at polling units. There is no apathy again. People are coming out to pick up their cards and this was achieved through the kind of publicity given on the need for eligible registered voters to collect their cards, so as to participate in the elections.”