PVCs

Assistant Legal Adviser, APC Lagos State, Toke Benson-Awoyinka, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state to deploy more staff to wards for distribution of unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Benson-Awoyinka, a House of Representatives hopeful in Ikeja Federal Constituency, made the appeal while speaking to newsmen in Lagos.

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She stressed the commission does not need to wait until few days to the 2019 general elections before taking the cards closer to the people.

“How many staff does INEC have to attend to people? Go out there to get your PVCs, you will see two staff attending to thousands of people.

“So, the issue of the clog in PVCs collection is from INEC. The commission has to decentralise this process of distribution to wards and deploy adequate staff,” the aspirant said.

According to her, community leaders and other stakeholders should be engaged to ensure the cards gets to their owners.

Benson-Awoyinka observed that limited centres, machines and staff prevented so many eligible voters from registering at the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise of the commission.

The aspirant, who urged the commission to continue simplifying its processes and make them less stressful, added that many people would have picked up their cards if the process had not been cumbersome.