INEC Receives 111,302 PVCs, Distributes 20,779 in Katsina

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina State Thursday said it has received 111,302 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from its national headquarters, Abuja for onward distribution to eligible voters in the state.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of the state, Alhaji Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa, who disclosed this to newsmen in Katsina shortly after the commission’s Youth Strategy Development Consultation meeting, said the distribution is for those who registered between April and December last year.

The Katsina State REC, however, said about 20,779 PVCs had been distributed to eligible voters across the state within 17 days, calling on those who have registered to visit the commission’s office and other designated centres for onward collection of their respective PVCs.

On his part, the INEC Head of Voter’s Education Muhammed Abani Takai said the consultation meeting will provide an opportunity to assess and analyse youth participation and engagement in the electoral process of the country.

He said: “The INEC youth strategy is to articulate and coordinate youth programmes, increase civil participation of youth in the electoral process in a manner that will be appealing to the youth and to create an inclusive, qualitative engagement of youth in the electoral process as well as to properly reposition the commission as a responsive and result driven public institution.”

Earlier, the state Coordinator of Not-Too-Young-To-Run Isamiala Bello lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill into law, stressing that the gesture will deepen democracy in Nigeria.

He admonished political parties in the country to implement the provisions of the law to create a space for young people to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation’s electoral processes.

According to him, with the signing of the bill into law, President Buhari has demonstrated that he is a listening president and father who seeks for the betterment of the youths at heart.

“This law will deepen democracy and give all especially youths that constitute the bulk of the population of the country a sense of belonging. This law will give room for active participation of youths in politics, and it will also reduce the barrier between the young and the old.

“It will also make the political space more inclusive and dynamic as more young people will bring in their innovations,’’ the state coordinator said.

He reiterated that the group will continue to support the president’s programmes meant to better the lot of Nigerians by initiating programmes and policies that will complement the efforts of the state and federal governments.

INEC To Redistribute 1.4m Unclaimed PVCs In Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Friday said that it was making plans to redistribute the unclaimed 1.4 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state.

Mr Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, disclosed this in a telephone interview with our reporter in Lagos.

“We are actually working out a new strategy,” the INEC boss told NAN, as he explained the commission’s plan to redistribute the permanent voter cards.

Olumekun, who expressed concerned over the number of uncollected PVCs in Lagos state, urged the owners to go to INEC offices in their local government areas for collection.

NAN reports that Lagos state has the highest number of unclaimed PVCs in the country.

INEC had said that it was still in possession of 7,920,129 permanent voter cards yet to be collected from its offices across the nation.

A breakdown of the uncollected PVCs as at March revealed that Lagos had the highest number of 1,401,390 followed by Oyo with 647,586 and Edo which had 449,001 while Kano had 195,941.

The figure also showed Bauchi State as having the least number of uncollected PVCs, 15,542, followed by Bayelsa and Plateau which had 28,533 and 25,300 cards respectively.

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INEC Takes PVC’s Campaign To Rural Communities In Jigawa

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) in Jigawa has taken its campaign on acquisition of Permanent Voters’ Card ( PVC ) to rural communities.

Alhaji Bilal Sabo, the INEC Officer in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday.

He stressed the need for rural dwellers in the state to acquire the PVC to enable them exercise their civic right.

He urged Traditional Rulers in the area to enlighten their subjects on the need to acquire their PVCs ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Sabo was quoted by the council’s Information Officer, Malam Nasiru Yusif, as saying the commission had so far registered 7,650 voters in the area in ongoing nationwide Continues Voters Registration ( CVR ).

“The Gwaram LG INEC office has so far registered 7,650 electorates,’’ he said.

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Abandoned PVCs’

With 169 days to go to the governorship election in the State of Osun, it is profoundly alarming that there are a total of 413, 009 abandoned or uncollected PVC’s. As the accompanying chart shows, the figure reflects the trend throughout the Southwest. This is equally puzzling because of the level of political awareness in the region.

One of the stated points is the amount of tertiary institutions in the region, with students migrating after the completion of their studies. This cannot however be the major or the only factor. The painful reality is that the level of political mobilisation and awareness is very low.

We must therefore call upon the state government, political parties and Civil Societies to use all available medium to intensify awareness, in order for people to collect their PVC’s and for those who have not registered to do so. Voting like the obligation to pay tax is an indispensible part of the social contract which is the template of a democracy.

2018: Osun LG Parliamentarian Urges Voters To Collect PVCs

By Ismail Kolapo

The leader of the House, Irewole North Local Council Development Area (LCDA), State of Osun Parliamentarian Ademola Owoade has charged Osun citizens to ensure they get their Permanent Voter Cards.

He also urged those who have just attained the age of 18 to register and collect their voter cards.

Hon. Owoade make disclosure during the LCDA party organized to celebrate the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the last Local Government election, held at St. John Primary School, Ikire.

The council lawmaker stressed that the PVC is the only thing that can give them an opportunity to choose their leader in September 22nd, gubernatorial election calling on the populace to support the new Local government parliamentary system in the state of Osun.

Hon. Owoade commended governor Rauf Aregbesola on his six point Integral Action Plan which revolves around banishing hunger, poverty and providing good health service delivery, employment creation, qualitative education noting that the programmes would be replicated in the local council area.

The Irewole North LCDA house leader, who expressed appreciation for the unalloyed support of the people of the council before, during and after the council poll, promised to use available resources to promote peace, unity and security, as well as creating employment and qualitative education in the council area.

He further said that “as a leader of the house with the support of my chairman and other co-parliamentarians, we will make Irewole North LCDA a worthy place for all its citizens, a local government that will be a shining light throughout the state.”

 

Community: Ilesa East Council Boss Calls For Decentralised Voters’ Registration

 

The Chairman, Ilesa East Local Government, Otunba Akeem Adesoji has called for more decentralisation of Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) to enable more people to partake.

Answering questions from journalists as part of the exercise to sensitise the people of the council on the need to participate, he said the exercise should be taken serious by every citizen that has reached 18 years of age and for those who for one reason or the other could not register in the previous exercises.

He affirmed that every Nigerian has the right to live in any part of the country and exercise his or her civic right, saying an important part of Voter Registration is that an eligible person is advised to register at the centre nearest to his/her residence which is to make it easy for such individual to access the Polling Unit (PU) and vote on Election Day.

Otunba Akeem also noted that voters registration is the only means to fight injustice and entrench democracy, as only registered voter will be eligible to vote during the next general elections in Nigeria.

He thereby pleaded with the INEC officials to decentralise the registration centres to collation centres, so as to allow more people to register, especially the aged, just as he enjoined the people of Ilesa East Local Government to troop out en mass and get registered.

The council boss commended the people of the Local Government and its environ for the love, cooperation and unflinching support since he assumed office, just as he lauded the people for eschewing violence and maintain peace and order.

He then informed the people that the continuous voters’ registration exercise is taking place at the INEC Local Government offices in the council and other designated centres between 9.00am and 3.00pm daily, excluding public holidays.

Truth Of The Matter with AYEKOOTO: Your PVC, Your Power

 

Let me start with a personal experience. I was a media handler to one of the candidates contesting to govern one of the states in the South east of Nigeria  in 2013. The candidate, a business mogul, was very popular especially among the youths, who happen to hold the ace in electoral victory in any space. Of course, judging by his youthful age then, he was certainly one of them. He had everything to his advantage, or so it seemed then. What with the deep pockets which included the dollar to spend and also the youthful energy? We traversed the nooks and crannies of the state including villages and sub-urban cities and towns. We even went as far as neighbouring and some other states other states where we knew we could convince the indigenes of our candidate’s state living there to come home to exercise their voting rights and vote for him.

Lot of money was spent on “mobilisation” and of course, this couldn’t be a problem since my then principal had a very deep pocket…perhaps deeper than other candidates and he was not one to shy away from flaunting it. His country home, which was the de facto campaign head office was always a theatre of activities from when the campaigns commenced and afterwards. We were more than sure that he was going to have upper hands judging by the crowds, days and nights and in everywhere we went to campaign. Every clergy, traditional ruler, community leader and so on assured our candidate. So, we thought we were good to go to the polls and win.

On the day of the election, one of the first things that surprised us was that at every polling booth, length of the queues were short, contrary to our expectation. We had expected a huge turn-out of voters, judging by the huge turn-outs during campaigns.  It was as if the whole communities were deserted. What could have gone wrong? The weather was clement, no harassment from security agents, it was a public holiday declared for the sole purpose of the Election Day. It was a deep puzzle. Well, votes were cast and election result was declared and your guess is as good as mine. He lost.

I replayed the whole scenario in my mind, right from the early days even before my candidate declared his intent, in which various socio-cultural and business communities pledged their support, down to commencement of campaigns, the huge crowds so difficult to control that bestrode all campaigns, up until the eve of the Election Day. I couldn’t fathom where we went wrong. All of us at the situation room were in the cold like the proverbial chicken that fell into a pool of water and struggled to get out to safety. Money was spent lavishly, we had the best manifesto, or so we thought. But one thing was missing in our campaign pitch: we took it for granted that every eligible voter had a Permanent Voter’s Card, or PVC. We took it for granted that everyone in the crowd who showed love for our candidate was a potential voter, even without asking whether he or she is eligible, through possession of the PVC. The crowd was our only mega-assurance. We neglected, to our undoing, the most important item, without which a vote cannot be cast: The Almighty PVC!

It is regrettable that a lot of people do not collect their voter’s card even when they reluctantly do register to have one; many even collect it not for the purpose of voting, but for other extraneous reasons like access to public utilities. You can hail your candidate, speak well of him, support him in whatever way you deem possible but you are a total waste if you do not translate these activities into countable votes on election day. It makes me remember the popular saying that politics is a game of numbers. And the only way this game could be played and won legally is by possession of valid PVC and use it on election day. It is your power, your weapon to vote in or vote out whomsoever you wish. It is free and your only qualification is your age. Democracy is so good that it is the only and best form of government that allows full participation. You are very important in the democratic process inasmuch as you possess your personal PVC. Do not sell it or exchange it for other pecuniary benefits. Doing so will only mean you’ve sold your birthright as did the biblical Esau.

So, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday claimed that 215,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were still unclaimed in Ekiti, five months to the July 14 governorship election, it was a very sad commentary.

Hopefully, Osun residents will take a cue from this, by not only be in possession of their individual PVCs, but also come out en mass to elect their desired candidates when the time comes.