By Isiaq Abdulhamid – Ilorin
Prospective voters in the 2023 General Election want INEC to deploy more personnel to its local government offices to hasten the process of PVC collection.
The residents complained that they spend more time at the INEC offices just to claim their cards, due to few numbers of staff attending to the crowd.
One of them, Alhaji Ambali Ologbomosho from the Ubandawaki ward expressed disappointment over the process of the PVC collection and how people were being treated.
Alhaji Ambali stressed that people are seriously facing a lot of difficulties in the process of getting their PVCs, in addition to transportation fares incurred when one has to come back.
Another resident, Mrs Roseline Oyediran also called on the government and INEC Chairman to as a matter of urgency, ease the PVC collection process as the present stressful process could discourage people from claiming their cards.
Mr Akeem Kalejaiye from Offa Local Government advised that the PVC collection should be decentralized for people’s convenience.
Mr Kalajaiye also suggested that Nigeria should borrow a leaf from advanced countries where citizens are not subjected to hardship because they want to perform their civic responsibilities.
Mr Kalejaiye added that many people abandoned their work for the PVCs collection but that the slow process has been discouraging and could deny many people from voting in the 2023 General Election if nothing is done to address the challenges.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Officer for Ilorin West Local Government, Mr Peter Adejumo has appealed to residents to be patient when they come to claim their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.
Mr Adejumo stated that INEC officials are not resting on their oars to ensure that every eligible voter gets their cards before the deadline of January 22nd, 2023.
He explained that the screening process before giving out PVC can not be stopped as it is meant to authenticate that only the real owners of the cards get them.
The Electoral Officer was responding to some allegations levelled against the officials of the Commission by prospective voters on the long process for PVCs collection.
He explained that before the card is issued, it will be verified and a fingerprint will be taken as, without the screening, it might be difficult to vote on election day.
The Electoral Officer also pointed out that Ilorin-West has the largest number of eligible voters hence the crowd witnessed daily.
Mr Adejumo however stated that with cooperation from the residents, INEC officials could exceed the over two hundred cards they currently issue daily.
The Ilorin West Electoral Officer appealed to people to maintain law and order and gave an assurance that by January 6th of next year when the cards will be moved to the ward level, the collection process will be much easier.