pvc Lagos – Many Lagos residents have turned out Permanent Voter Card (PVC) collection centres across the state for collection of their cards.
Correspondents of who visited some wards in the state report that the residents had different experiences at various centres.
In Surulere Local Government Area, report shows that eligible voters seeking their PVCs were many at Enitan Primary School, Ijeshatedo.
Some of the people who spoke with newsmen, however, said they had been unable to locate their cards.
One of them, Mr. Idowu Rasak said that newsmen he registered with his wife and two children in the same ward but could not find his name on the list.
“I registered here with my wife and two children who are above 18 years. We found my children’s names but my wife and I cannot find our names on the list,’’ he said.
Rasak said the collection exercise was frustrating and expressed hope that he and his wife would not be disenfranchised.
A printer, Mr. Greg Nwosu, also said he had visited the centre more than three times but the INEC official could not find his card.
“I am eager to get the permanent voter card, not only because I would want to perform my civic right during election, but as a national identity.
“But it is very unfortunate that they cannot find my card after waiting for two hours today, “he said.
At Erinosho Primary School, Itire, residents were seen picking numbers in order of arrival and waiting patiently for the INEC officials to arrive for the issuance of the PVCs.
INEC officials eventually came at about 10.30a.m and commenced distribution based on the numbers picked.
At noon, an official of INEC told newsmen that over 20 cards were already distributed.
At Kadara Primary School, Oyingbo, in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, residents who trooped to the distribution centre were seen awaiting the arrival of INEC officials at noon.
NAN also observed that many residents were trooping in to find out their distribution centres while an official of the local government was directing them to the appropriate centres.
At Ijero Junior Girls High School, also in Lagos Mainland LGA, Mrs Happiness Osunwa said that it was disappointing that she had been unable to collect her card.
“The only time I am free is on weekends, and I have been here for over three hours and nobody is available to distribute the cards,’’ she told NAN around 1.00p.m.
Mr. Ayoade Ismail, who was also at the centre, also told NAN, “over 100 people have been here as at 1pm but the INEC officials were not yet available due to the misinformation on the monthly environmental sanitation.’’