A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that it would next week begin
public enlightenment on the use of smart card readers.
An INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Salau, gave the assurance in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Salua, who is in charge of Osun, Ondo and Lagos states, spoke to NAN during a
visit to Lagos State Office of INEC, in preparation for the general elections.
The commissioner said that INEC was making efforts to see
that voters were properly educated on the use and value of the smart card
"Hopefully, by next week, the resident electoral commissioner will make every effort
to see that mass education is held on what the card reader is, its use and the
value,’’ he told NAN.
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On the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), he said that efforts were being made to
ensure that all registered voters would receive their PVCs in time.
The commissioner appealed to eligible voters to avail themselves of the
opportunity of the extension of PVCs distribution period to collect theirs.
"I plead that they should go and collect their PVCs; INEC will produce the
cards; we cannot force you or come to your home to say you should go and
"I plead that everybody should make an effort to collect his or her PVC so
that he or she can duly vote on the election days,’’ he said.
NAN reports that INEC had on Feb. 9 extended the deadline for PVCs collection
to March 8, following the postponement of the general elections.
The elections earlier scheduled for Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 were rescheduled for
March 28 and April 11.