Residents Of Lagos State Insist INEC Distributes Permanent Voters’ Cards in all 20 Electoral Constituencies, Collection of Permanent Voters’ Card in Lagos, residents of the State yesterday insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must distribute the Permanent Voters’ Card in all the 20 Electoral Constituencies of the State as condition for participation in the electoral process.
In a unanimous agreement at the LTV Blue Roof Multipurpose Hall venue of a Voters Advocacy Stakeholders’ Forum organized by the State Government, the people also demanded a fair treatment from INEC threatening to boycott the process if electoral rules were not complied with by the Commission.
They also asked INEC to explain how over 1.4 million names of registered voters in the State disappeared from the voters’ register bringing the number of registered voters to 4.8 million from 6.5 million which was declared by the Commission before the 2011 General Elections.
The massive audience indicated their stand with overwhelming voice votes and show of the hands during an interactive session after an address by the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, on the importance of their participation in the Permanent Voters’ Card distribution. They wondered why INEC should refuse to carry out the exercise in all the 20 electoral constituencies of the State describing it as unfair.
Some residents had earlier raised the issue during the question and answer session after the Governor’s address quoting INEC as saying that it was only ready for distribution of the cards in only 11 electoral constituencies while others quoted the Commission as saying that it was ready for 10 or 9 of the Constituencies.
They also described as strange the fact that INEC, which declared 6.5 million as the number of registered voters in the State in 2011 and used the number for the purpose of conducting elections that year, would turn around and declare the number to be 4.8 million in 2014 adding that the Commission owes the people of Lagos an explanation as to what happened to over 1.4 million names on the list. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2