The “Enough is Enough Nigeria”, EiE Nigeria, a civil society organisation, has blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for not properly sensitizing the public on the importance of possessing the Permanent Voters Card. Currently, over 7.9 million PVCs are yet to be collected, according to the INEC.
Adeolu Adekola, Program Manager, EiE Nigeria, in an email, while responding to Newsbreak.ng enquiry, said the INEC had not done sufficient publicity.
“INEC has not done well in sensitizing voters on the importance of the PVC. Since the CVR exercise began, INEC has organised very limited awareness program to sensitize the public on the ongoing CVR exercise”, Adeolu said.
More so, responding on whether there was a synergy between the INEC and EiE Nigeria on voter education ahead of 2019 general elections, Adeolu said: “As an organisation, we try our best to regularly feature INEC representatives/officers to educate the public on the ongoing CVR exercise in our #OfficeOfTheCitizen radio stations in the 7 states we currently cover to bridge that gap. But as an institution, INEC's publicity on the ongoing CVR is poor”.
Besides, Adeolu said the umbrella civil societies’ coalition, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has been involved in making the electorate aware of the significance of possessing their PVCs.
“CSO member organisations working in different areas of the electoral process continue to sensitize voters on the need to collect their PVC,” he added.
All effort to get INEC’s comments regarding the large number of uncollected PVCs was unsuccessful as the electoral commission had yet to respond to our email sent as at the time of filing this report.