LAGOS – Some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have urged INEC to embark on sensitisation campaigns on procedures for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and the voting process.
The lawmakers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos that the campaign was necessary specifically because of the newly introduced PVCs.
Mr Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe I) urged the electoral body to take proactive measures in sensitising the electorate on collection of PVCs. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
“I think INEC should prepare more for the elections in term of public sensitisation on PVCs collection and the voting process.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10”]
“INEC must wake up to its responsibilities because people are watching it and expecting credible elections.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10”]
“So it must be ready to give Nigerians the best elections this time around,” Tobun said.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, advised INEC to ensure that people who were yet to collect their PVCs get them before the elections.
He said that majority of eligible voters in Lagos were yet to collect their PVCs.
“We want peaceful elections; in fact people are ready to cast their votes, we don’t want anything that will hinder us from exercising our franchise,” Tobun said.
Mr Saka Fafunmi (APC-Ifako-Ijaiye I) also urged INEC to embark on adequate public sensitisation campaign ahead of the general election.
Fafunmi, the Chairman, Committee on Public Account (Local), added that majority of eligible voters in his constituency and in Lagos State generally were yet to collect their PVCs.
The lawmaker also urged the electoral body to put in place mechanisms through which the collection of PVCs would be easier for voters.
Mr Bisi Yusuf (APC-Alimsho I) noted that adequate preparations in term of logistics and training of personnel must be put in place before the election.
“Prof. Jega has to conduct credible elections in 2015 to protect our democracy.
“The commission should follow the due process and abstain from partisan politics to achieve free and fair elections,” Yusuf said.
NAN reports that INEC had displayed the names and particulars of 15 governorship candidates in Lagos State as presented to it by their political parties.
Also displayed were the names of the candidates’ running mates and the candidates for the state House of Assembly. (NAN)