Ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States as well as the 2015 general polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the Temporary Voter Cards will not be used.
The electoral umpire also disclosed that it has issued over one million Permanent Voter Cards to registered voters in Ekiti and Osun ahead of the June 21 and August 9 elections respectively in the two states.
In addition, INEC said it had registered 227, 964 new voters in the recently concluded Continous Voters’ Registration in Ekiti and Osun.
A breakdown of the distribution of the PVC indicated a total of 347, 741 were issued in Ekiti and 697, 574 in Osun.
A statement issued by Mr. Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, stated that, “For avoidance of doubt, Temporary Voter Cards that were issued in 2011 will not be used for the upcoming governorship elections as well as the 2015 general election”.
For Ekiti and Osun, Mr. Idowu said all unclaimed cards were taken to INEC offices in the various local governments for onward issuance ahead of the upcoming polls.
He noted that collection of PVCs can only be made by legitimate card owners as INEC rules forbid collection by proxy.