A man carries a banner to show support to Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Jonathan formally began his campaign for re-election, taking ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - A Lagos-based group has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure all eligible voters in the state were able to collect their permanent voters cards (PVC) ahead of the forthcoming elections.
The Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC) said this would enable every resident the opportunity to choose a leader of their choice and thus a credible poll.
The Chairman of the group, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, made the appeal at the end of a special meeting of the Council on the role of the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in ensuring a hitch-free election in communities.
Quadri explained that his council members had been holding several meetings with the CDAs on the need for their members to obtain their PVCs in order not to be disenfranchised.
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"It is unfortunate that the response from members in various CDAs has always been that most of them are finding it difficult to collect their cards," Quadri said.
He argued that INEC officials present at the few centres were inadequate to meet the demand of the people.
He thus charged the commission to further decentralize the distribution centres and employ additional staff to make the collection of PVC easier.
Quadri implored the commission and the Federal Government to ensure that no eligible voter is disfranchised due to the said shoddy distribution of PVCs in the state.
He urged the people "not to be discouraged by such challenges and charged them to go out en mass to collect their PVC so as to exercise their inalienable right of choosing a government of their choice."
INEC's capacity to ensure credible polls has been under the spotlight in recent months owing to problems round distribution of PVCs in some parts of the country.