Data obtained on Tuesday from the Independent National Electoral Commission’s state offices revealed that 6.7 million Nigerians have yet to collect their permanent voter cards, despite the fact that the general elections are less than eight weeks away.
According to the data, 6.7 million PVCs were stored in INEC safes across 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Creebhills recalls that INEC announced that the PVC collection window would close on January 22.
Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, announced in a statement that beginning January 6 -15, 2023, PVC collection will be devolved to the ward level, after which collection will be moved to the local government areas.
According to data from the Lagos state INEC office, as of December 29, a total of 1,693,963 PVCs remained uncollected. This information was revealed in a document titled ‘INEC Lagos PVCs Reports.’
According to the findings, the FCT had 460,643 uncollected PVCs as of December 24.
According to an INEC document, the Abuja Municipal Area Council had the highest number of uncollected PVCs in the FCT.
As of December 29, 661,783 voter cards in Edo state had not been collected.
As of December 15, Ondo and Ekiti states had 300,000 and 205,127 cards, respectively.
As of November, 437,454 PVCs had not been collected by eligible voters in Osun State, and 49,000 voter cards remained with the state INEC office in Plateau.
As of December 20, 231,900 voters in Gombe state had yet to cast their ballots. Similarly, as of December 8, 132,623 PVCs remained uncollected in Anambra.
According to data released by Niger state as of November 27,2022, 150,988 PVCs remained uncollected, while the Adamawa state INEC office revealed that it had over 200,000 PVCs lying idle as of November 18,2022.
Tonia Nwobi, INEC’s Head of Voter Education in Cross River, stated that 409,604 PVCs were still in the commission’s possession as of December 16.
Other states with a large number of voter cards include Oyo (700,000), Kwara (120,602), Borno (80,117), Ogun (400,000), Edo (661,783), Kogi (160,966), and Imo (300,000).