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INEC: We Have Distributed 42.77m PVCs, 145,000 Card Readers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it had distributed over 42.77 million Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to eligible voters expected to vote in next month’s general election.

The figure represents 62.15 per cent of the PVCs distributed. The total number of eligible registered voters for next month’s general election is put at over 68.8 million.
With the distribution of more than 42.77 million PVCs, there is still an outstanding of more than 26 million PVCs yet to be distributed.

Also, the commission said it had distributed 145,000 card readers that are expected to be used in 119,973 polling units.
However, according to records from the commission, Abia State has distributed 1,020,997 (73 per cent); Adamawa: 1,239,820 (79 percent); Akwa Ibom: 1,328,714 (79.05); Anambra: 1,222, 002 (62.25)

Others are Bauchi: 1,745,441 (84.97); Bayelsa 386,125 (63.26); Benue- 1,132,187 (56.18); Borno: 999, 470 (56.18); Cross River: 776,977- (66.09)
Further more, Delta 1,422,595- (62.52); Ebonyi 714,351 (66.50); Edo: 1,046,960- (58.63); Ekiti: 492, 869 (67.33); Enugu: 738,933-(51.70); FCT: 459,913 (52.18); Gombe: 873,698 (78.0); Imo: 682,046- (37.24).

In Jigawa: 1,460,620 (79.76); Kaduna: 2,976,628 (87.36); Kano: 2, 612,400 (52.50); Katsina: 2,245,303 (79.40); Kebbi: 1,232,357 -(83.8); Kogi: 773,197- (57.24); Kwara 711,920 (62.33).

Lagos: 2,267,039 (38.39); Nasarawa: 850,619 (66.45); Niger: 1,250,379 (62.07); Ogun: 666,752 (36.4); Ondo: 824,715- (54.09)

Osun: 995,562 (70.75); Oyo: 1,156,593 (47.88); Plateau: 1,141,260 (57.01); Riverrs: 1,253,606 (49.40); Sokoto: 1,211,717 (75.17);
Taraba :1,079,383 (80.51); Yobe: 740,336 (67.31); Zamfara: 1,045,855 (69.92).

Also, in a bid to have a seamless transportation of personnel and election materials, the INEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National  Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman, and NURTW president, Najeem Yasin, signed the MoU in Abuja on Tuesday.

The agreement, according to Jega, is to ensure that logistic, issues which used to be the bane of the commission on election days are dealt with.
He stressed that the collaboration would surely add value to the electoral process.

According to him, the objective “is to ensure that men and materials arrive in time before the elections and also to ensure that men and materials return safely at the end of the election.”

The NURTW President, Yasin, in his remarks, assured INEC of the union’s readiness to partner the commission to ensure free, fair and credible elections next month.

He also assured the commission of the union’s neutrality, stressing that all those that would be involved in the transportation of men and materials would be apolitical.

He added that the union would do its best not to disappoint the commission and Nigerians as it would take the assignment as a national one.

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