2019: Shoddy Preparation Mars PVCs Distribution In Lagos
Many Lagosians who thronged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in their respective local governments to collect their Permanent Voter’ Cards (PVCs) were disappointed.
INEC had announced that the distribution of the PVCs will commence on Monday, May 21 across the nation.
The PVCs to be distributed are to replace the temporary voter cards given to voters who registered in 2017.
However, Bounce New’s visit to some local governments in Lagos State on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to monitor the exercise showed that the commission is not ready.
Anger and disappointments can best describe the feeling of many registered voters as they were told to come back on a later date.
In Oshodi/Isolo local government, although, some of the cards were available, INEC officials were still busy sorting.
The officials told those who came to collect their cards to come back next week.
The same tale of disappointment also shadowed the exercise in Mushin, Ikeja, Surulere, Ikorodu and Agege.
Some of the officials who spoke to Bounce News on condition of anonymity blamed the leadership of the commission for announcing the date for the commencement of the exercise without making adequate preparation.
They noted that the cards for the state only arrived on Sunday evening and wondered how it was possible to start distribution the following day.
Many residents who spoke with our correspondent expressed their displeasure and disappointment with the arrangements.
A young man who simply gave his name as Sunday said he is not happy with the arrangement on ground.
“I will not condemn their work but I think they should be more proactive in the distribution of PVCs.
"Sometimes you hear INEC complaining that people are not coming to collect their cards.
"Those of us that have come out are been told to come. back How long does it take to sort out cards that were printed since last year."
Emeka Mbakwe, a trader, who resides in Oshodi and sells spare parts at Ladipo wondered why the commission should announce the commencement of the distribution of the PVCs when it is not ready.
"I wanted to collect my card early to avoid the late rush that normally characterised such exercise.
"I have wasted my time and money coming here today. How I am sure the card will be ready next week.
"I can't be wasting my time and money on a thing that I should collect easily.
When contacted, INEC's spokesman in the state, Femi Akinbiyi, apologised for the few lapses and promised to resolve the situation.