The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured residents of Ekiti State of its readiness and commitment to conduct a free and fair governorship election in the state.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, gave the assurance in a television interview on Friday.
He recalled that the chairman of the electoral umpire had disclosed that the collection of PVCs by residents would end on Thursday, as this will allow the commission the opportunity to separate the PVCs collected in order of the respective polling units, registration areas, per local government areas.
Okoye also hinted that the commission has concluded arrangements to ensure voters are not unnecessarily delayed due to accreditation in a bid to cast their ballots.
According to him, INEC has deployed more Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the exercise compared to the number of polling units where the election will take place.
“We have also trained enough registration area technical assistants who can intervene at very short notice if there is any challenge with the BVAS. From the test runs we have done; we are confident that the BVAS will perform optimally and that every person who is genuinely and legally registered to vote in this election will have an opportunity of exercising his/her right.”
“As of today, we have a total of 988,923 voters on the voters’ register,” Okoye said. “This is the number that will vote during this governorship election.
“As of the 13th day of June 2022, 749,065 have collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs). So, we are ready for this particular election and every PVC that has not been collected will be mopped up and kept in safe custody pending the conclusion of the election.”
“In any polling unit where we have more than 750 registered voters, we are going to deploy an additional BVAS to those polling areas.”
“We have a total of 2,445 polling units that will be used for this election, but we have deployed a total of 3,346 BVAS to Ekiti State. So, we are going to have redundancies in every registration area.
He added that the commission has trained personnel to aid the process.