ABEOKUTA – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged religious leaders to assist the commission in appealing to their members to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

INEC Administrative Secretary in Ogun State, Mr. Oludele Popoola while addressing religious leaders at an interactive session organized by the commission on Tuesday in Abeokuta solicited the support of both Muslim and Christian leaders.

Popoola explained that out of the 1, 123, 537 PVCs received since year 2015 till 11th January, this year, only 223. 372 PVCs were collected, while a total of 900, 165 are still lying idly uncollected at the ogun INEC’s office.

Ogun INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. James Oludele Popoola (middle) addressing stakeholders at the event. With him are, Ogun State CAN chairman, Tunde Akin-Akinsanya and NSCIA Chairman, Sheikh Abdulrasheed

According to Popoola, the total of over 1 million PVCs received from the inec’s National Headquarters in Abuja included those who transferred their cards from various part of the country to the state.

He however, appealed to religious leaders in Ogun to prevail on their members to abstain from electoral vices, maintain peace “before, during and after elections”.

“We cannot underestimate the role of religious leaders in a peaceful electoral process that is why we are appealing to you to help us talk to your members to come out and collect their PVC.

“We have about 1 million uncollected PVC in our custody and we are calling on the electorate to come forward for their PVC between now and February 8, 2019. We are also appealing to you preach against vote buying in your place of worships”.

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