Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has declared November 7 a work-free day to enable workers in the state’s employ participate in the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). He has also demanded explanation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the 4.8 million registered voters figure for Lagos State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the state, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, had on October 29, announced the commission’s decision to distribute Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, to that number of people in the State starting from Friday, November 7 to 9, 2014, but Fashola described the figure as an attempt to disenfranchise majority of Lagos electorate in the forthcoming 2015 general elections as it showed a shortfall of 1,447,845 to the previously released 6,247,845 registered voters announced by INEC in the registration exercise before the 2011 elections.
The governor made this known in a special broadcast to residents of the state, on the commencement of the issuance of PVCs by INEC in the state, held at the State House, Marina, Lagos.
Credit: Information Nigeria