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Mixed feelings at Lagos PVC collection centres

2015-02-01 09:48
Voters wait to cast their votes during Nigeria’s first round of elections in Jos, northern Nigeria

Lagos - Many Lagos residents on Saturday turned out Permanent Voter Card (PVC) collection centres across the state for collection of their cards.

In Surulere Local Government Area, reports have suggested that eligible voters seeking their PVCs turned up in numbers at Enitan Primary School, Ijeshatedo.

Some of the people have reported, however, that they had been unable to locate their cards.

One of them, Mr Idowu Rasak, said that he registered with his wife and two children in the same ward but could not find his name on the list.

"I registered here with my wife and two children who are above 18 years. We found my children’s names but my wife and I cannot find our names on the list,’’ he said.

Rasak said the collection exercise was frustrating and expressed hope that he and his wife would not be disenfranchised.

A printer, Mr Greg Nwosu, also said he had visited the centre more than three times but the INEC official could not find his card.

"I am eager to get the permanent voter card, not only because I would want to perform my civic right during election, but as a national identity.
"But it is very unfortunate that they cannot find my card after waiting for two hours today," he said.

At Erinosho Primary School, Itire, residents were seen picking numbers in order of arrival and waiting patiently for the INEC officials to arrive for the issuance of the PVCs.

INEC officials eventually came at about 10.30a.m and commenced distribution based on the numbers picked.

At noon, an official of INEC reported that over 20 cards were already distributed.

At Kadara Primary School, Oyingbo, in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, residents who trooped to the distribution centre were seen awaiting the arrival of INEC officials at noon.

A nursing mother at the same ward, Mrs Tina Fayemo said she had waited for hours without success while her husband was in the crowd struggling to get his card.

Mr Tosin Gbolahan, who also collected his card, said, "It was not easy to get it, I had to struggle hard since morning when I got here.’’

Also, Mr Jacob Mulikatu, said that he had almost given up on collecting the PVC after struggling for many times.

"It is stressful; I had resolved not to pursue it again, until my son persuaded me to come here. My legs are paining me, it is not easy,’’ Mulikatu said.

INEC had said it was still expecting some cards but assured that all registered voters would be able to get their PVCs before the elections, which start on February 14 .

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