22nd January, 2015
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Lagos State, western Nigeria, Mr Akin Orebiyi, has stated that 1.8 million permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected as at Thursday morning.
Speaking on Kaakaki, a current affairs programme on the Africa Independent Television (AIT) Thursday morning, Orebiyi stated that his office has been carrying out mass awareness programme to sensitise the public on the need to collect their PVCs.
According to him, his office has also decentralised the process of PVC collection to make it easy for residents to collect their PVCs.
“Initially, the PVC collection was limited to the local government headquarters of the 20 local governments in the state. But because of the need for people to have easy access to collect their PVCs, we have decentralised the process of collection to the 245 registration centres across the state,” Orebiyi said.
He also stated that as at last week, his office had collected 5,595 smart card readers to screen PVCs presented by voters on election days.
Orebiyi also hinted that there maybe extension of the PVCs collection.
“I was in Osun during the governorship election and we extended the PVC collection to about four days before the election. So there maybe something like that but I’m not saying that we will extend officially,” he said.