INEC urged to supply more machines, personnel to meet voters’ rush for PVCs
by The Guardian
Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to end the long queues of residents besieging registration centres for Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) by providing more registration machines and personnel.
Addressing members of a political group, The Mandate Movement, at a special meeting to pray and prepare members for the Sallah festival at his residence in Ejigbo, Bamigbetan said the hundreds of enthusiastic citizens mobilized by the group to register are discouraged by the hardship encountered at the centres.
He said the hardship was unnecessary and avoidable as more machines and personnel could be deployed to meet the surge that the advocacy for registration has created.
“If INEC lacks the funds to purchase more machines, it should seek aid from state and federal agencies, which appreciate the importance of this civic responsibility. The members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) can be mobilized as ad-hoc staff. I am appealing to INEC to think outside the box. A situation in which two machines are serving thousands of willing registrants in Ejigbo is certainly not welcome.”
Bamigbetan also called on INEC to make use of the over 4,000 Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Lagos to distribute the millions of cards in its possession. “Our CDAs are legally registered entities with authority over specific number of streets and households. They can act as agents of INEC in distributing the cards to the owners. The current system of waiting for them to come is not delivering results.”
In his speech, the chairman, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Monsuru Bello Obe, commended the state and the local government for the successful completion of Ona Iwa Mimo street, where the meeting took place adding that many road projects are still on the board.
No fewer than 100 bags of rice, 2,000 bags of garri and ten cows were mobilized for the needs of the people at the event.
support of the APC government at federal, state and local government levels assuring them that all the electioneering pledges would be fulfilled.