Photo: Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs)
• Kano, Lagos, Oyo and Imo top list of states yet to collect PVCs
By Chuks Okocha
Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on January 13 publish the list of registered voters, the commission revealed on Thursday that not less than 15,567,219 Nigerians were yet to collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).
By INEC’s records as at August 2014, there were a total of 70,383,427 registered voters, out of which PVCs of 54,341610 were printed, only 38,774391 had been distributed, thus leaving a total of 15,567219 Nigerians without the PVCs.
According to the data released by INEC, out of the 54,341610 PVCs printed so far, only 38,774391 were distributed, which is 71.35 per cent of the PVCs printed.
Going state by state, Lagos State with four million PVCs, only 53.98 per cent or 2,159,091 voters have received their PVCs, leaving behind 1,840,909 eligible voters without the PVCs.
Also in Rivers State, with a registered 1,956,983 voters, only 1,253,606 or 64.06 per cent have been distributed, leaving behind 703,377 voters without the PVCs.
Another state seriously affected by the poor distribution of the PVCs is Imo State, where 1,252,307 PVCs were received, but only 682,046 voters have received their PVCs or a 54.46 per cent, leaving behind 570,261 eligible voters without the PVCs.
In Kano State, a total 3,198,859 PVCs were received, but only 59.64 per cent were distributed, with 427,674 PVCs yet to be distributed.
Also in Anambra State, a total number of 1,665,342 PVCs were received, but only 862,747 were successfully distributed or 51.81 per cent with 802,595 PVCs are yet to be collected by the eligible voters in the state. In Oyo State, 1,985,370 PVCs were received with 1,141,405 or 57.49 per cent distributed and 843,965 as at press times yet to be distributed.
The distribution of the PVCs in Jigawa State was partly successful as out of 1,551,831 PVCs distributed, 1,460,620 or 94.12 per cent were distributed, leaving behind only 91,211 voters yet to collect their PVCs.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, said the undistributed PVCs are with the various local government councils in the respective states.
He urged eligible voters that are yet to collect their PVCs to hurry and collect their voters’ cards.
He also said the commission would on January 13, publish the list of the registered voters that are eligible to cast their voters.