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) in Lagos State on Friday said about 400 000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were still being expected from its headquarters for distribution to their owners.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akin Orebiyi, said this while addressing newsmen in Lagos.
Orebiyi pleaded with eligible voters whose cards were among those still expected to be patient with the commission, assuring that the outstanding cards would soon be delivered.
“As at the first week of January, the percentage of distribution of PVCs was hovering around 38 percent, but as at the end of last week, it was 62.7 percent.
“But, we are still working seriously because we know that quite a number of people are still yet to collect their PVCs; we want to make sure that they are able to collect these cards.
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“As we speak, out of 5,905, 000 cards for Lagos State, we have distributed 3 654 000, but I also need to say that out of 5.9 million, we are still awaiting the arrival of about 400 000 cards.
“As soon as we are able to receive them, we will also be able to push them out so that people can come out to collect them.
“We are expecting additional cards in practically all the 20 Local Government Areas,” he said.
He also spoke on the allegation of sidelining some sections of the community from getting their cards.
“There is no intention on the part of INEC or any of its officials to deny any single ethnic group, any single community or any single individual of his card.
“But, if any person has difficulties, he should let us know,” Orebiyi said.