With six months left to the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the low rate of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) collection in Lagos State is worrisome.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje stated this on Thursday during eighth annual constituency stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the meeting was organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly on the importance of PVC collection ahead of the 2023 general elections, and held simultaneously in the 40 constituencies of the state.
Agbaje was represented by an INEC official, Emmanuel Adegboyega, during the meeting held at the Eti-Osa II Constituency.
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The REC disclosed that over a million PVCs are yet to be claimed by their owners, which calls for concern.
“The low rate of PVC collection in Lagos State is worrisome as only 6,382 PVCs out of 34,242 received from the commission’s headquarters for the first and second quarters CVR had been collected by their owners,” he said.
“This is just 18.6 per cent; similarly, for the old PVCs, a total of 1,091,157 are still uncollected by their owners.”
Agbaje urged stakeholders to complement INEC’s efforts by properly educating and mobilise voters in line with the Electoral Act 2022 and the Nigerian constitution.