The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented the lackadaisical attitude of Kano State residents toward the collection of their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC).
The electoral body, yesterday in Kano said that over 500.000 PVCs are awaiting collection in the 44 local government areas of the state.
The spokesman of INEC in Kano, Garba Lawan Muhammad said, “We have PVCs of 2011-2015, about 251,000 uncollected PVCs under this period.
“2017 till date, we have over 300,000 uncollected PVCs; those who registered in 2018, their PVCs will be delivered soon.”
He said since the announcement that the PVCs collection exercise will terminate on 17th August, residents are now besieging INEC offices, leading to lengthy queues.
According to him, in the effort to address the recent overcrowding at INEC offices across the state, the commission has deployed more staff to local government offices even as working days have been extended to include Saturday and Sunday to enable the commission capture as many people as possible that present themselves to partake in the exercise.
“Our staff now work till late evening hours, also our staff now report to duty on Saturday and Sunday, we have also created sub-centres, all this arise because as the closing date comes closer, there is now a mad rush to register; we have to cope,” he stated.
In a related development, the director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Kano, Alhaji Ibrahim Muazam has flagged off campaign to sensitise Kano populace on the importance of obtaining their PVCs.
Muazam, who led a team of campaigners to major motor parks, said the NOA campaign team has visited major markets, schools and motor parks, averring that following the poor patronage of the registration exercise by Kano residents, his agency felt it is necessary to embark on campaign to mobilise the people towards exercising their civic responsibility.
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