2023 Election: Residents Allege Extortion at PVC Collection Centre

By Olaitan Oye-Adeitan

Collection of Permanent Voter Cards in the past used to be a herculean task as the electorate had to queue and make repeated visits to INEC local governments before they can access it.

It was in a bid to address the problem that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had to decentralize the mode of collecting the PVC by making it available at the wards for easy collection by the electorate.

Despite this effort, information from INEC revealed that about 900,000 voter cards were still unclaimed and the question is why?

Findings from some electorate showed collecting the PVC was a bit difficult, though surmounted.

Some even claimed they were asked to pay as narrated when sharing their experiences.

Voices of some residents of Ibadan on their experiences at PVC collection centres.

But during an interview, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Dr Adeniran Tella said collection of PVC was at no cost to the electorate and remained as such.

In another dimension, while some people defied all odds to secure their voter cards, some are non-challant as captured in this video.

The collection of PVC which was extended following an appeal by the masses expires on Monday, 30th January 2023.

Will all the unclaimed cards have been collected by their rightful owners by this time?

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