One million PVCs yet to be collected in Lagos, says INEC
Frowns on desperate politicians
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 1,096,355 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected in the state, frowning on the win at all costs attitude of some politicians and voter apathy.
The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje, said this yesterday at a meeting with the media and leaders of political parties in the state.
He lamented that the level of participation of eligible citizens of the state since the beginning of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise both online and physical was low compared to other states in the country with lesser population.
Agbaje urged Lagosians to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the CVR to register as voters to enable them exercise their civic responsibilities in the 2023 general election.
He also implored the voters to take advantage of the new polling units by transferring their voting location to the ones nearest to them in the ongoing CVR exercise at the state office in Yaba or any of the commission’s offices in the 20 local councils.
The REC, who urged politicians to imbibe good character in politics, said that everything legitimately possible should be done to boost citizens’ participation in the electoral process.
He said: “It should be noted that anyone who violates any relevant section of the law during the CVR exercise, particularly by engaging in multiple registrations, would be identified and prosecuted accordingly.
“Apart from providing platforms for the sponsorship of candidates during elections, political parties have the mandate to also ensure that they properly educate and mobilise the voters for effective participation in the electoral process through the conduct of lectures, seminars, conferences and conventions in the line with the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) and the constitution of the country.”
He, therefore, urged the media to ensure that their platforms are not used for dissemination of fake news, as well as ensuring equal opportunities for all political parties and candidates.