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7.8 million PVCs are still with INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, Thursday, said 7.8 million uncollected Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) from the 2015 general elections are in their offices nationwide.

The chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja, told a gathering of Civil Society Organisations’ Situation Room, that Lagos had 1.4 million uncollected PVCs, which is the highest, then Oyo with 700,000 and Edo, 540,000. The commission’s chairman explained further: “In terms of the least collection by percentage, Ogun has the least while Bauchi and Zamfara have the highest rate in

The commission’s chairman explained further: “In terms of the least collection by percentage, Ogun has the least while Bauchi and Zamfara have the highest rate in collection, by percentage and number.”

“There are some we have not printed from the last general elections; so, we are meeting some stakeholders next week in this regard to settle it.”

“The commission is still reiterating its advice that collection of PVCs by proxy is not allowed.”

“So we are working out ways to ensure that people collect their PVCs before the next elections and those who are of age now can also come for their registration from April.’’

Yakubu continued, that “some people have suggested to the commission to collaborate with the National Lottery Commission to attach an incentive to the collection of the PVCs.

Highlights of what he disclosed further are:

One million cards were distributed after the 2015 elections and the commission would seek better ways to ensure effective distribution.

During the nationwide registration slated for April, people who wished to transfer their voting points to other states or places could do so.

The commission would conduct a continuous voter registration in Anambra State to enable new voters participate in the governorship poll this November.

2019 would be a challenging year for the commission because there would be many elections, ranging from presidential to governorship, which would involve 29 seats.

There would be 109 senatorial constituencies’ elections, 360 federal consistencies and 991 state assembly polls.

INEC would also conduct the FCT Area Council elections for 68 positions and end the year with the Kogi and Bayelsa elections involving 1, 560 constituencies.

Fixing of the election dates ahead was to help the commission to plan and to also give the nation a sense of certainty in elections dates.

He also said: “People need to know because it allows us to plan; it is consistent with the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

“It is consistent with what we should do based on common sense and the enormous planning for the elections.

Mr. Clement Nwankwo, the convener of the gathering applauded INEC for the early release of the 2019 elections dates, saying that it would ensure proper planning.

 

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