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Yenagoa residents not willing to collect voters cards – INEC

Speaking at an enlightenment forum organized by the state Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in Yenagoa, the commissioner noted that the collection rate…

Speaking at an enlightenment forum organized by the state Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in Yenagoa, the commissioner noted that the collection rate in  seven local governments in Bayelsa is 95 per cent, except Yenagoa with 51.3 per cent.
He said 54,000 cards belonging to registered voters in Yenagoa Local Government area are still lying with INEC, even as the distribution has been decentralized.
“This situation exists notwithstanding that Yenagoa has 15 wards and we have centers for distribution in all of them. We will increase the distribution points in Yenagoa alone in order to take the distribution exercise even closer to the people,” he said.
He appealed to those who registered in 2011 to come forward to collect their permanent voters cards, assuring that those who registered during the continuous voters registration exercise last year would receive their PVCs next week.
Kpagih, who announced that guidelines for the conduct of the elections have been released, said voting procedure comprises three main segments.
“The first has to do with accreditation of voters which commences at 8.am to end at 1.00pm. Accreditation will be carried out first by the use of the card readers. This will be followed by checking the voters register and inking of the cuticle of the specified finger on the left hand. The second and third segments comprise voting which would commence at 1.30pm, and then counting and documentation would follow,” he said.

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