Lagosians Ask INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Questions on Voters Card #MyPVCIsMyRight
By Wale Bakare
In 2011 millions of eligible voters were unable to vote due to issues of voters’ register inadequacy and other INEC’s antiquated problems. In the same year, the INEC boss told the Nigerians that he has found they have a new method called the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and this would end the nagging problem of voters’ register; Permanent Voters Card (PVC) is the result of that AFIS. Yet four years later, there are still duplications running into tens of thousand in INEC’s register, so what did Nigerians pay for?
Recently, INEC directed everybody to go collect the PVC. However, typical of INEC, the process has featured more faults than credit. Apart from the fact that the time frame is short, some registered voters could still not find their names, and collection for some local government were postponed without any genuine reason other than the usual ‘old story’. How are we supposed to have such excuses for an exercise that has earlier been postponed twice (you would recall that the exercise was supposed to hold in August, later September and then now).
The questions questions are:
-Is INEC unable or unwilling?
-What has INEC been doing in the last four years that it just started producing PVC less than 15 weeks to election?
Make no Mistake
– Voters registration has to be a continuous exercise and not a timed momentary activity;
– Voting is a civic sacrament – the highest responsibility we have as Nigerians, PVC is a must;
– INEC must not repeat the mistake of the past; All eligible voters must be allowed; to vote
– By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that form a basis for action; our PVC is our voice;
– Every eligible Lagosian needs to vote and every vote courts; our PVC is the access to get that voting right;
– That PVC is a right and Lagosians cannot afford to beg for it.
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