The Independent National Electoral Commission in Lagos State on Thursday revealed that some 1.38 million Permanent Voter’s Cards were still be collected in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Lagos State, Sam Olumekun gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He said, “We still have about 1.38 million PVCs uncollected as we speak. Only about 15 per cent of the 2017 new registrants whose cards have been produced have come to pick their cards. It is very poor.
“We have also added close to 750, 000 new registrants, whose cards are still going to be produced and distributed.
“Of course, the ones (PVCs) newly printed for those who registered in 2017, people are coming to collect them than those which had been there since 2011 elections.”
Olumekun also said INEC is still exploring different possibilities of getting people to get their cards as he urged all stakeholders to help in encouraging people on the need to have their PVCs.
“We are still looking at the possibility of going to meet the people; taking the cards to them, but we are still looking at that. It is going to be a policy issue,” Olumekun said.
“We are imploring all stakeholders in this business to educate and sensitise the people, because it is important to get our democracy working.
“Sensitisation, mobilisation and education is not the business of INEC alone; it is the business of every interest group, for people to come out and perform their civic responsibility,” Olumekun said.