- Senator Oluremi Tinubu has spoken about 2019 general elections
- Senator Tinubu said PVCs are the tools to participating in the elections
- She maintained that INEC should make the collection process quick and easy
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District on Sunday urged the federal government to declare public holidays for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), ahead of the December 2018 deadline.
Oluremi, in a statement in Lagos, said that the PVCs were the tools to participating in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that she also urged residents in the state to ensure that they collect their PVCs.
The call sequel to revelations by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over seven million PVCs were yet to be collected nationwide, with one million and four hundred thousand from Lagos state.
It would be recalled that prior to the 2015 elections, INEC had introduced the use of smart card readers. This has necessitated issuance of PVCs as part of the identification and authentication process.
After the 2015 elections, about 12 million PVCs had remained in the electoral body’s custody.
”With previous elections, Nigerians developed voter apathy due to a distrust of the system.
”The 2015 elections taught us, however, that as individuals, our votes count. Thus, we must rise up as citizens to fulfill our civic responsibility and ensure accountability in governance.”
Towards the 2019 elections, INEC had released modalities for ongoing continuous voter registration. The centres open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Tinubu pleaded that the period should be extended; and should include weekends to allow people who were unable to visit the centres during work hours to do so at weekends.
She said INEC should ensure that it had adequate resources to make the process quick and easy.
The senator also called for increased voter education and sensitisation to achieve the desire results.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Sultan of Sokoto and president general of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III called on Nigerians to go get their voter’s card ready to elect leaders of their choice in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
According to the sultan, people can only have a say in what the leaders do, only by getting their voter’s card, Vanguard reports.
Speaking on Saturday, March 3, during the closing ceremony of the 32nd National Qur’anic Recitation competition organized by Centre for Islamic Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and hosted by the Katsina state, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar said: “It is only through your voter’s card that you can challenge your leaders and also have a say in what they do.”
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