- No fewer than 7,920,129 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections
- Lagos is said to have the highest number of 1,401,390; followed by Oyo
- Between 2015 to March 2018, 351,272 PVCs has so far been collected across the 36 states and the FCT
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it was still in possession of 7,920,129 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) yet to be collected from its offices across the nation.
The commission disclosed this in a tabular data on consolidated PVCs as at Thursday, March 22, released on Tuesday, April 17 in Abuja.
The data showed that 8,271,401 PVCs were yet to be collected as at 2016.
A breakdown of the uncollected PVCs as at March 2018 also reveals that Lagos has the highest number of 1,401,390; followed by Oyo, 647,586; and Edo, 449,001 cards, while Kano has 195,941. The data also shows Bauchi state with the least number of uncollected PVCs at 15,542, followed by Bayelsa and Plateau 28,533 and 25,300
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The commission, however, disclosed that 351,272 PVCs had so far been collected across the 36 states and the FCT between 2015 to March 2018. INEC further showed that 230,175 out of the 351,272 PVCs were collected in 2017 while the remaining 121,097 cards were collected in 2018.
The state with the highest number of PVCs collected, between 2017 and 2018, is Anambra with 102,264 collected cards; with the breakdown of 95,385 and 6,879 cards collected in 2017 and 2018, according to the commission. Kogi and Lagos followed with 41,174 and 20,002 cards collected, it said.
The data also shows that 15,318 and 25,856 PVCs were collected in Kogi in 2017 and 2018; 14,907 and 5,095 collected in Lagos in the same order.
The states with the least total number of collected PVCs within 2017 and 2018 are:Zamfara with 40; followed by Taraba, 158; and Bauch 558 collected card, according to INEC. (NAN)
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Meanwhile, INEC has warned against hate speeches by political aspirants, party faithful and other stakeholders during political campaigns.
Professor Francis Ezeonu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo, gave the advice at a one-day town hall meeting/sensitisation visit by Imo REC and his team to Nwangele local government area of Imo.
Ezeonu said that the importance of a clean, violence-free and hate speech-free electoral campaign could not be overemphasised, adding that although the time for campaigns and elections were still in view, there was the need to sensitise the Imo electorate on proper behaviour ahead of the election.
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