The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) distribution would begin in only 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Lagos State on Friday.
Adekunle Ogunmola, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Lagos State, made the disclosure at a meeting with political parties in the state. He said that the exercise in the nine other LGAs would hold from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30.
According to Ogunmola, the exercise will hold in Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ibeju-Lekki, Ifako- Ijaiye, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Mushin and Ojo from Friday Nov. 7 as planned to Nov.9.
He said that it would, however, hold in Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Oshodi- Isolo, Somolu, Surulere and Eti-Osa from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30.
Addressing a meeting of INEC and Political Parties in Lagos State, Ogunmola said, “We had to cancel the distribution in those areas because we are yet to take delivery of their PVCs.
“We appeal for understanding from all stakeholders and want to assure that INEC will make sure that all eligible voters receive their permanent voter cards for the 2015 elections.
“The situation of partial distribution is not restricted to Lagos State alone. Other states like Rivers and Nasarawa are also affected while Katsina, Niger and Borno are yet to receive any.
“It is regrettable, but we see it as a blessing in disguise. We will be able to concentrate on the 11 councils and get it swiftly done,” he said.