The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Friday criticised the poor attendance of the voters for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the state.
On Wednesday, Mrs Adenike Oriowo, the Public Affairs Officer for INEC in Lagos state, stated that just 224,490 of 940,200 freshly printed PVCs had been collected.
According to her, that number represented all twenty of the state’s commission’s administrative districts.
Oriowo said their owners had yet to collect 715 710 new PVCs in the state.
Regarding the old PVCs, she stated that the commission had received 6,570,291 PVCs, of which 5,655,257 had been collected, and 915,034 were still outstanding in the state as of Wednesday.
She said that as of Wednesday, 5,879,747 out of 7,510,941 PVCs had been collected from INEC’s Abuja headquarters, with 1,630,744 still outstanding.
On Friday, the INEC official said the commission had also devolved the collection of PVCs to the state’s 245 Registration Areas/Wards.
She stated that PVC applicants may pick up their cards in person at the ward level from January 6-15 and that proxies were not permitted.
On January 15, she stated the exercise would be scaled back to the state and municipal levels.
“We have moved the PVCs to the RAs (Registration Areas) today. We want the people to use the opportunity and create time to pick up their cards,” Oriowo said.
The commission, she claimed, “in its wisdom,” moved PVC distribution closer to people’s homes so that more people could access the cards in time for the upcoming elections.
The date for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections had been set for February 25 by INEC, while the Governorship and State House Assembly Elections were set for March 11.