The centre for 21st century is concerned about the various logistics challenges that have characterized the commencement of the distribution of the Permanent Voter card (PVC) in Lagos state.
On ground reports and reports monitored on various news media indicates that all is not smooth with the PVC distribution. Some pooling units where distribution is supposed to have commenced are still empty. In some other places many are yet to obtain their PVC because it is not yet available, while some others are unable to locate their names on the voters register.
This disturbing lack of preparedness by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) could lead to loss of confidence in the electoral process and ability of INEC to conduct the 2015 general elections in a free and fair manner.
As of now, it is confirmed that INEC is able to commence distribution of the PVC in the following 11 Local Governments in Lagos state; Agege, Ajeromi –Ifelodun, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Lagos Island , Lagos mainland, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Ojo. This distribution in this LGs is expected to conclude by 9th of November 2014
The second stage of the distribution exercise is now scheduled to hold from November 28 to November 30, 2014 in the following 9 Local government areas; Alimosho, Amuwo- Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Oshodi-Isolo, Epe, shomolu, Surulere and Eti-Osa.
The continuous voter registration (CVR) is expected to hold from 12-17 of November, 2014. During the CVR, any person who has attained the voting age of 18 years and those who registered in the last exercise but could not find their name in the register will be eligible to register.
C21st hereby calls on INEC to;
• Ensure that PVCs are available for collection by the electorates at the designated collection points before the end of the distribution exercise.
• Resolve all logistics problems and ensure that the CVR that will commence on November 12 and the second state of the PVC collection is not marred by logistical challenges that characterized the PVC collection in the last few days.
C21st also call on the general public, residents and all citizens of Lagos state not to be deterred by the perennial challenges of non- supply of materials and other logistics challenges from coming out en mass to collect their PVC and or register to vote as the case may be on the stated dates.
reminded that the PVC your ticket to making your voice heard and voting for change in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Sacrifice your time; make efforts to collect your PVC and register! Don’t allow any inconveniences to deny you of your inalienable right to vote!
Ms Titilope Akosa
Centre For 21st Century Issues