755,777 out of 1, 189, 265 picked Permanent Voters Cards in Kogi – INEC

Mr Olusegun Agbaje, Kogi Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC on Wednesday said the commission has so far distributed 755,777 out of the 1,189,265 Permanent Voters’ Cards for the state.

Agbaje disclosed this when members of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), of the Catholic Diocese of Lokoja paid him an advocacy visit towards the successful conduct of the 2015 General Elections.

The visit also aimed to project the JDPC programme on “Good Governance and Gender Action for Peoples’ Development” sponsored by Catholic Agency for Overseas Development through the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN).

Agbaje said the figure which represented 63.54 per cent of the total cards released to the state at commencement of the distribution exercise in May, this year, was an improvement on the 57 per cent recorded three months ago.

“As we speak, 433,488 cards representing 36.44 per cent are yet to be collected”, he said adding that the commission would strive to attain 70 to 75 per cent distribution by January, next year.

He noted that 90 or 100 per cent distribution was impossible due to cases of relocations, transfer and multiple registrations saying that the commission encountered problems with distribution of cards in Ibaji and Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Areas.

Agbaje promised credible elections come 2015, saying that of the 26 registered political parties in the country, 19 had presence in Kogi and assured that there would be no connivance as INEC would not condone illegality.

He charged politicians and their supporters to eschew violence assured that efforts would be made to ensure the elections were peaceful and devoid of violence.

He said that security agencies under the aegis of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security would do everything possible to contain security threats.

Earlier, the state Coordinator of JDPC, Rev. Fr Leonard Odomeja told the INEC commissioner that the NGO was involved with civic education, election monitoring and Women/youth empowerment.

Odomeja represented by the Programme Manager of the JDPC, Mr Simon Enejor said the commission was the link between the church and the society for the purpose of achieving common goals including entrenchment of good governance. (NAN)