As Nigerians go to the polls tomorrow, about 11 million out of the 84 million registered voters nationwide will not be able to vote due to their failure to collect Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC).
This emerged yesterday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) put the number of collected and uncollected PVCs at 72,775,502 and 11,228,582 while the number of registered voters stands at 84,004,084. The total percentage of PVCs collected is 86.63.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave these figures at a media briefing in Abuja ahead of the polls to elect a new president and members of the National Assembly.
He said a total of 11,228,582 PVCs representing 13.37 percent were uncollected. Out of this figure, 7,817,905 PVCs were carried over from the 2014-2016 registration exercises while 3,410,677are from the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise held between April 2017 and August 2018.
Additional statistics released by INEC on its website yesterday show Lagos State with a total of 6,570,291 registered voters and the highest number of uncollected PVCs (1,038,902), while Kano and Ogun states closely followed with 761,000 and 680,136 uncollected cards.
Katsina State with a figure of 42,242 has the lowest number of uncollected PVCs, while Taraba and Gombe have 48, 011 and 59,170.
INEC also disclosed that a total of 72,775,502 million registered voters collected their PVCs. The data revealed Lagos as recording the highest number of collected PVCs (5,531,389 million) followed by Kano and Kaduna with 4,696,747 and 3,648,988.
It was also revealed that Ekiti, Bayelsa and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have the least registered voters with a total of 909,967, 923,182 and 1,344856.
Yakubu assured Nigerians that both the presidential and National Assembly elections would hold tomorrow as rescheduled, saying the commission had tackled all issues concerning logistics.
He disclosed that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) would wave visa fee and as well grant extension of visas of all foreign observers to enable them to remain in the country to cover the elections within the specified period.
“We once again profoundly appreciate the continuous understanding and words of encouragement from all stakeholders. In particular, some of our international observers are on short-term single entry visa. Some may also wish to leave the country after the elections this Saturday and return to observe the governorship, state assembly and FCT area council elections now rescheduled for Saturday 9th March 2019.