135 domestic, 16 foreign observer groups to monitor polls
AS THE November 16 governorship elections slated for Bayelsa and Kogi States gather momentum, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has so far distributed 2,485136 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to the electorate.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this yesterday at a quarterly consultative meeting with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Abuja.
According to him, the number of PVCs collected in Bayelsa represented 96.3 per cent of 923,182 registered voters in the state, while the number of uncollected PVCs stood at 33,874 representing 3.7 per cent, adding that 1,485,828 PVCs were collected in Kogi, representing 90.2 per cent of 1,646,350 registered voters in the state, while 160,522 PVCs were still uncollected, representing 9.8 per cent of the registered voters.
Yakubu also disclosed that the commission has accredited 135 domestic observer groups and 16 foreign observer groups for the Nov. 16 election in the two states.
He said that while 67 domestic observer groups were accredited for Bayelsa, 68 were accredited for Kogi, and eight foreign observer groups for each of the states.
The INEC boss reminded the observer groups of the imperative of submitting their reports in line with the terms of their accreditation.