The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday said it has registered 35, 909 new voters in Ekiti State in the ongoing continuos voter registration exercise.
A statement by INEC in Ekiti State signed by the Administrative Secretary, Dr. Muslim Omoleke, said the figure is comprised of 18,193 males and 17,716 females as at June 29th, 2017.
The exercise commenced on April 27th, 2017 nationwide.
In the statement made available to newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of INEC in the state, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, the commission explained that 4,154 registered voters "are seeking transfer of voting rights to different new locations from within and outside the state."
The commission added that 1,048 permanent voter cards (PVCs) have been distributed in the state, and added that "six new registration centres have been allocated to the state based on returns and agitation for more centres to ease the process."
The electoral body said the new registration centres are at St. Michael’s Primary School, Ajilosun, Ado Ekiti. For Ado Ekiti Local Government Area; Health Centre, Omuo-Ekiti for Ekiti East Local Government Area and CAC Primary School, Ipoti-Ekiti for Ijero Local Government Area.
Others, it added are: Post Office building, Ikere-Ekiti for Ikere Local Government Area; LA Primary School, Ikosu for Moba Local Government Area and St. John Anglical Primary School, Ilupeju for Oye Local Government Area.
INEC commended the people of the state for their cooperation "in ensuring smooth conduct of the exercise" and expressed the desire that this continued.
It also implored other eligible voters to visit other designated registration centres in their respective local government areas to register, saying "they should bear it in mind that it is criminal and punishable under the law to register more than once."