The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), announced on the 3rd of September, that it is partnering with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), to send messages to owners of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards.
A National Commissioner of INEC, Mr Soyebi Adedeji, made this known in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on Osun Election.
Adedeji said that the measure became imperative in order to remind Nigerians of their civic duty so as to ensure a successful electoral process, adding that the number of uncollected PVCs with the commission was of great concern and the number could determine who wins or loses elections.
“The Continuous Voter Registration has come to an end and INEC has other things to concentrate on since election is a matter of a chain of events.
“Before the end of the CVR the commission as at last week had 10 million uncollected PVCs in its possession, now with the end of the CRV there are additional 14 million registrant cards to be processed within 165 days.
“People need to come and collect their PVCs; it is not just about registering, collection is the most important thing. When people register, the collection is always less than 50 per cent.
“We need to find a way to see what we can do about collection so we have decided to partner with NCC to alert Nigerians on the status of their cards,’’ the commissioner said.
Adedeji noted that 46 political parties out of the 91 registered had notified the commission about their primaries and when their activities would pick up.
He urged CSOs to partner with INEC to monitor the activities of political parties to ensure that parties played the game according to the rules.
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