Government & Politics

INEC Plan To Send SMS To Owners Of Unclaimed PVCs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is partnering the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to send messages to owners of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

A National Commissioner of INEC, Mr. Soyebi Adedeji, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on Osun Election, said the measure became imperative to remind Nigerians of their civic duty, so as to ensure a successful electoral process.

He said the number of uncollected PVCs with the commission was of great concern, adding that this number could determine who wins or loses elections.

“The Continuous Voter Registration has ended 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 NCC to alert Nigerians on the status of their cards,” the commissioner said.

He said 46 parties of the 91 registered had notified the commission about their primaries and when their activities would pick up.

Adedeji urged civil society organisations (CSOs) to partner INEC to monitor the activities of parties, to ensure they played the game according to the rules.

He said there was need for the parties to follow and respect their rules since they made it to ensure internal democracy and respect for their constitutions, stressing that it was the basis of democracy.

The commissioner said the call for parties to respect the law they made in their parties was necessary in order to forestall legal cases after elections.

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