Independent National Electoral Commission in Oyo State has said that a total of 743,367 out of 2,381,102 Permanent Voter cards, sent to the state, were yet to be collected by voters in Oyo State.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rufus Akeju also said the number of electorates in Oyo state who have collected Permanent voter cards currently stands at 1,637,735,representing 68.78% of total PVC sent to the state by Independent National Electoral commission(INEC).
Mr. Akeju made the disclosure on Monday during a question and answer session with journalists shortly after presenting voter education materials written in Braille form to representatives of people with disability.
He urged the media to assist in enlightening electorates in the state on the need to come forward to collect their voter cards, pointing out that the card remains the only legal tool that qualifies electorates to vote during elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner had earlier told the gathering that INEC is out to encourage mass participation of Nigerians in the forthcoming elections, adding that the presented materials were meant to assist people with impaired vision (the blind)in getting necessary messages on electoral process including those concerning voting procedure.
Mr. Akeju assured the physically challenged that INEC will continue to assist them in ensuring that they are not sidelined in Nigeria’s electoral process.