In Lagos State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC states that after a month of distribution of nearly 34,000 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards, PVC for new registrants, barely 3,000 people had shown up for pickup.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, announced this on Tuesday during a media briefing on ‘Youth Vote Count,’ an awareness drive to mobilize and register young people in the Continuous Voter Registration, held at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos.
INEC, in cooperation with the EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN), the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), and other partners, will hold a big music festival at the same site on Saturday.
“Already, we have about 34, 000 new PVCs for those who registered between June 2021 and Dec. 2021.
“But it is very disturbing that since April this year when we brought out these cards for people to collect, as at last week Monday, only 3,000 PVCs have been collected by their owners.
“I told my electoral officers in various local government areas to call the owners on phone to come for their PVCs, but people want us to bring them to their houses.
“This is not possible, we must be ready to make some sacrifices and efforts to go and collect their PVCs,” he said.
The INEC chairman stated that the CVR would expire on June 30, and that the commission had no plans to extend the registration deadline.
Despite the fact that INEC has recorded a large number of persons in the present CVR, which is set to expire on June 30, he noted that many qualified Nigerians, particularly the youth, had not shown up.
On the first day of the ‘Youth Vote Count’ awareness and mobilization, which began Monday at TBS with 50 CVR machines, about 1,000 potential voters were registered, according to Agbaje.
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