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INEC registers 104, 805 voters in Bayelsa



-INEC urges residents to register in the 3rd phase of CVR in Bayelsa.

INEC says it has registered 104, 805 voters in Bayelsa State

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has thus far registered 104, 805 voters in the current Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in Bayelsa State.

The INEC Administrative Secretary in the state, Clement Oha revealed this on Thursday, in an interview, in Yenagoa, adding that 68, 825 voters were registered in the first phase, whereas 35, 980 voters were registered in the second phase of the CVR which came to a close on October 19.

“INEC has successfully concluded the two phases of the CVR exercise.

“It has been a huge success in spite of challenges caused by weather, especially at the second phase,’’ he said.

Oha added that INEC also gave out a total of 1, 452 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), during the first and second phases of the exercise.

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He said that a 818 voters were conveyed from one polling unit to another, consisting of 474 in the first phase and 324 in the second phase.

The INEC secretary also disclosed that 5, 982 voters also had their PVC reprinted, with 4, 272 reprinting in the first phase while 1, 710 in the second phase.

“The reprinting is for those that have lost their PVC, those that have errors in their card among others.

“On the whole, I am impressed with the outcome; initially when we started, the turnout was very low, but INEC headquarter graciously approved more centres in the state.

“New centres were also opened in Riverine communities.

“The additional centres made an increase in the first phase; now, in the second phase, the number of persons that came out to register dropped considerably,’’ he said.

Oha enjoined Nigerians eligible to vote, who were yet to register to do so in the third phase of the exercise beginning on Nov. 9 in the eight local government areas of the state, and obtain their voter card.