The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards ( PVC) to registered voters in Ogun State by one day, following the state-wide hitches and irregularities observed during the exercise.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun had on Saturday stormed the INEC state Headquarters where he complained over the distribution of the PVCs in the state.
Amosun also called the INEC) to cancel the marred exercise in the state and start afresh as the hitches and irregularities got worse the second day.
He urged the INEC to “redeem its image,” as the shoddy preparations and irregularities characterising the distribution of the PVCs in the state is “reprehensible, disappointing, terrible and unacceptable.”
The INEC Southwest Regional officer (Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti) Prof. Lai Olorode, who said he does not have the power to start a fresh distribution as only the INEC Headquarters in Abuja could give such instruction when the governor’s complain is routed officially communicated to Abuja.
But on Sunday, in what appears to be electoral body heeding the Governor’s call, it announced that the deadline for distribution of the PVCs would now be Monday.
In a statement by the state Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Sam Olumekun, and captioned, “INEC/OG/345/VOL.II,” it explained that the extention granted Ogun state was sequel to a plethora of hitches witnessed by both the commission as wellas the citizens during the first two days of the exercise which started last Friday.
The INEC also appeal led to residents to be calm and not panic as every registered voter would get his or her card.