Ekiti 2018: Prospective Voters Storm INEC Office For PVCs
Hundreds of prospective voters in Ekiti State have besieged the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ado Ekiti, demanding for their Permanent Voters Cards.
This was even as some of them alleged that INEC might have sold their cards to desperate politicians.
One of the early arrivals at the INEC office, Sola Akindele, from Oye Ekiti, said he transferred his card to Ado, but till date he is yet to get it.
Akindele said, “This is my right and I must get the card to vote. I transferred from my town, Oye, to Ado. We are ready to vote but INEC is denying us this right.”
Another prospective voter, Adewale Adekola, said, “I have been coming here from Ureje for the past four months. I use N300 for transport fare on daily basis. I arrived here since 7am and we have been waiting; this is almost 11am.
"They have always been asking me to come back. They said I should come back today. They didn’t bother to check; they have been giving the cards to some people that they know from their churches or mosques; they will call those ones inside and give them. I registered in March, 2018.”
However, INEC spokesman in the state, Taiwo Gbadegesin, dismissed the allegations as false.
“We have just taken delivery of the final copies of the PVCs and we need to do some sorting to respective local government area offices of the commission. We cannot just begin to give them out like that. We need to sort out the respective registration areas and to know which one goes to this or that poling unit.
“The allegation that we have sold the PVCs can’t be true because there is no way it is possible for another person to use one’s PVC. No one can collect the card by proxy. It is just some of the unfair criticisms we get from the members of the public.”
He assured that all prospective voters that had duly registered for the PVC would get their cards this week.
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