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The Independent National Electoral Commission, , Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Mr Mutiu Agboke, has said the continuous voters’ registration would soon commence.

Agboke made the disclosure at a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday in Iseyin.

He said the exercise would capture new registrants and those that have issues with their PVCs such as replacement of lost or defaced cards and transfers from former locations.

The REC said that no fewer than 700,000 PVCs were still in the custody of the commission.

He implored leaders of political parties to start sensitising their members and supporters on the need to obtain the PVC, saying the card was the only requirement for voting.

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The commissioner also warned leaders of political parties to start educating their members to refrain from political violence and violation of electoral laws.

“Also, politicians who have plan to contest for political positions in 2023 should start to familiarise themselves with their constituents rather than wait till the last minute to impose themselves.

” 2023 looks as if it is far but it is not, that is the reason INEC is making early preparation such as the stakeholders meeting we are holding now to engage all stakeholders on how to improve our electoral processes, ” he stated.

Agboke further admonished political parties to follow electoral laws and guidelines while conducting party primaries.

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In his remark, Shina Peller, a member of the of Representatives, representing Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola and Iwajowa Federal Constituency, said inadequacies in the nation’s electoral system had contributed to the challenges in conducting elections in the country.

He called for electoral reform that would proffer solutions to the challenges.

Also speaking, Oba Olayiwola Amidu, the Alawaye of Ado-Awaye, in Iseyin Local Government Area, assured the commission of the support of traditional rulers in the area to sensitise the people against electoral violence.

Amidu urged the commission to sustain its awareness and sensitisation campaign on zero tolerance to electoral violence.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that representatives of some political parties, religious leaders, market women, artisans and security agencies in the local government attended the meeting.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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NCDC reveals why Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases are low

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The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the low number of the COVID-19 cases in the country is due to the lesser amount of samples collected across the states.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC Director-General, stated this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.

Ihekweazu, who was represented by Mrs. Elsie Ilori, NCDC Head of Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, stated that the testing labs were underutilized because the states were not collecting enough samples for the laboratory to test.

“As mentioned earlier since the Sallah break we have had some of our confirmed cases have been very low compared to what we’ll be having before, but this isn’t because the numbers are getting low but because we are not collecting enough samples.

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“If you notice, the number of samples collected during Salah was very low, and we believe it was because of the festival season some labs even went on break, it should not have been.

“So we are working with the states to quickly address this so that we do not have this kind of situation again,” he said.

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According to the Ihekweazu, we sometimes know when we look at stigmatization, people say they do not want to go to testing sites because they’ll be stigmatized.

“But I mean, this isn’t something to be ashamed of, we have just had an example amongst us, it can happen to anybody.

So, please let us come out and be tested.”

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Nigeria Records 373 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 48,116

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The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 373 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The 373 new cases brought the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 infection cases to 48,116.

The agency made this known via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov on Thursday.

On the 13th of August 2020, 373 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 48116 cases have been confirmed, 34309 cases have been discharged and 966 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 373 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos(69), Osun(41), Kaduna(40), Oyo(40), FCT(35), Plateau(22), Rivers(19), Kano(17), Ondo(17), Ogun(15), Abia(14), Gombe(12), Imo(9), Enugu(7), Kwara(6), Delta(5), Niger(2), Borno(1), Bauchi(1) and Nasarawa(1),” the NCDC said.

See the breakdown of cases by states below;

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 16,256 2,923 13,132 201
FCT 4,632 3,261 1,325 46
Oyo 2,935 1,400 1,504 31
Edo 2,399 178 2,121 100
Rivers 1,991 160 1,775 56
Kaduna 1,706 201 1,493 12
Plateau 1,665 905 736 24
Kano 1,661 287 1,320 54
Delta 1,626 152 1,430 44
Ogun 1,521 209 1,288 24
Ondo 1,373 575 770 28
Enugu 976 307 650 19
Ebonyi 908 30 852 26
Kwara 888 274 591 23
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Osun 719 365 341 13
Borno 698 86 576 36
Abia 677 126 546 5
Gombe 647 48 576 23
Bauchi 580 33 533 14
Imo 494 316 168 10
Benue 430 282 139 9
Nasarawa 372 141 223 8
Bayelsa 346 9 316 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 241 26 207 8
Niger 228 48 168 12
Ekiti 194 110 81 3
Adamawa 185 69 104 12
Anambra 156 7 131 18
Sokoto 154 138 16
Kebbi 90 82 8
Taraba 78 19 55 4
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Cross River 73 23 42 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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