Senator representing Lagos Central senatorial district, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has urged the Federal Government to declare public holidays for the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) ahead of the December 2018 deadline.
She made the statement on Sunday following revelations from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over seven million PVCs were yet to be collected nationwide. The body also revealed that about a million and four hundred thousand cards are yet to be collected in Lagos State alone.
” 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”, Remi Tinubu said.
She further called for better sensitization and education of voters so as to achieve the desired results in the coming elections.