THE senator representing Lagos Central District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, has urged the Federal Government to declare public holidays for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), ahead of the December 2018 deadline.
Senator Oluremi, in a statement in Lagos, identified PVCs as the tools to participating in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
She also urged residents in the state to ensure that they collect their PVCs.
The call sequel to revelations by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over seven million PVCs were yet to be collected nationwide, with 1, 400,000 from Lagos State.
Prior to the 2015 elections, INEC introduced the use of smart card readers. This has necessitated issuance of PVCs as part of the identification and authentication process.
After the 2015 elections, about 12 million PVCs had remained in the electoral body’s custody.
She said: “With previous elections, Nigerians developed voter apathy due to a distrust of the system. The 2015 elections taught us, however, that as individuals, our votes count. Thus, we must rise up as citizens to fulfill our civic responsibility and ensure accountability in governance.”
Ahead of the forthcoming elections, INEC had released modalities for ongoing continuous voter registration. The centres open from 9 am to 3 pm daily.
Mrs. Tinubu pleaded that the period should be extended; and should include weekends to allow those who were unable to visit the centres during work hours to do so at weekends.
She said INEC should ensure that it had adequate resources to make the process quick and easy.
The senator called for increased voter education and sensitisation to achieve the desire results