Oyo REC warns against dual registration

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Oyo State Residence Electoral Commissioner, Nasiru Ayilara, has warned the electorate in t he state against double registration, adding that it is a criminal offence to do so. Ayilara spoke against the backdrop of hitches that have attended the collection of Permanent Voter Cards across the state. The distribution of the PVC began in the state on Friday but the exercise had been confirmed to have a had a snag in some local government areas thus forcing the Independent Electoral Commission to admit that it would need to conduct fresh registration in some parts of the state. The development drew criticisms from some politicians, who alleged that INEC could be colluding with some political parties to favour their supporters above others.

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Ayilara however said only those who were affected should visit the designated registration venues, warning that dual registration offenders would be identified and be prosecuted. He also said those who had relocated from a state to the other or from one place to the other needed not register afresh. The REC said, “There are about 20 council areas affected by the inadequate number of the material for distribution. But not all wards in each of the councils are affected. Some are affected more than the others. In the council areas that are greatly affected, fresh registration will have to be conducted and that will commence on Wednesday, August 20. “It is however a crime for anyone to register twice. Those who have already collected their PVC should not register again. Doing so is a crime and offenders will be dealt with by the Federal Government. “Those who have registered before and have changed their place of living should meet the resident electoral commissioner in their new domain through the local government electoral officer in their area and signify their intention by a letter stating that they want their cards to be sent to where they now reside.”

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