DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR PVC COLLECTION – TINUBU

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, senator representing Lagos Central
Senatorial District on Sunday urged the Federal Government
to declare public holidays for collection of Permanent
Voters’ Cards (PVCs), ahead of the December 2018
deadline.

Her statement was sequel to revelations by Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over seven
million PVCys were yet to be collected nationwide, with one
million and four hundred thousand from Lagos State.
Tinubu in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos,
said that the PVCs were the tools towards participating in
the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
She also urged INEC to extend deadline of collection of
PVCs.
Tinubu said “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.
“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.
“INEC should ensure that it had adequate resources to make
the process quick and easy.”
She further called for increased voter education and
sensitisation to achieve the desired results.

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