As over 176,000 voters register in Kogi: INEC says Gov Bello is still criminally liable, only waiting for immunity to expire

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New voters registered in 10 months 176,866

Male 90,553

Female 86,313

Transfer of voter’s cards 7,169

Replaced voter’s cards 9,400

PVCs distributed 57,148

Otal PVCs 202,289

Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is still criminally liable and only his gubernatorial immunity is keeping him from prosecution, so declared the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The matter is so serious because other persons being INEC officials involved and indicted in the matter have been punished.

INEC thus told newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday, March 1, 2018, that Gov Bello’s request for transfer of  voters card  on January 26, 2018, through electoral officer,  INEC Okene Local Government Area, would not wipe off the initial charge of double registration against him.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), a professor, James Apam, also said the charge was still hanging on the governor, maintaining that at the appropriate time, INEC would still go back to the double registration issue.

His words: “The fact that there is an accusation on the governor that he registered twice does not take away his right to demand for transfer of his voter’s card. So when an application was brought to INEC, it was subjected to legal advice. In fact his request for transfer was granted while the allegation is still hanging. At the appropriate time INEC would do the needful.  He still has the right to request for transfer of voters card.”

Apam stated said during an interaction with journalists in lokoja that from April 27, 2017 to February 28, 2018, INEC has registered a total of 176, 866 of which 90,553 is male and 86,313 is female. 

He further stated that the total number of transfer of voters card is 7,169 while replacement is 9,400, total PVCS distributed 57,148. INEC has so far got 90 per cent PVCS distributed in the state which in turn brings the total balance of PVCS to 202,289.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner also hinted that scarcity of resources has been the bitter pill they do not know how to swallow, adding that the worry for now is security as they cannot move from ward to ward to distribute people’s PVCs still with them.