With over 60 million Nigerians in possession o their Personal Voters Card (PVC), millions are yet to collect the essential card that qualifies them to vote at the forthcoming general elections. Some of them shared their travails, frustrations as well as triumphs (for those who got it at INEC PVC Collection Centres.
‘I DID NOT FACE ANY CHALLENGE’ – Mrs. Funmilayo
Yes, I have gotten it, I did not face any challenge. I went to my local government where I registered to get it so, I want my vote to count.
‘WE WANT THOSE THAT WILL GET US OUR CARD SO THAT WE CAN VOTE FOR OUR MAN’ – Mrs. Peter
No!!! We want those that will get us our card so that we can vote for our man. They asked us to put down our names and they would call us, till now we are yet to get any message nor call.
‘I HAVE RE-REGISTERED AND I’M STILL EXPECTING THE PVC’ – Taheer Adamu
I have not got my PVC. When I went to my centre to check my name, I couldn’t find it. They said I should re-register. I have and I’m still expecting the PVC.
‘I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT NOW’ – Ademola Onabanjo
I don’t. They refused to give me, saying they can’t find it. Besides I don’t have time for that now.
‘I DON’T YET HAVE MY PVC’ – Augustina Echewodo
I don’t yet have my PVC. The hassle of registration and collection is quite a lot. I think INEC should digitalize the process of registration and collection.
‘I WAS TOLD TO REGISTER AGAIN’ – Omolola owoniran
No, I went there to collect it but they didn’t see it. I was told to register again.
‘I HAD TO QUEUE, STRUGGLE AND FIGHT BEFORE I GOT IT’ – Muhammed Lawal
Yes, I have got my PVC. All that is remaining for me is to cast my vote and usher in the government I want to see. Of course, it was stressful getting it. I had to queue, struggle and fight before I got it.
‘INEC OFFICIALS DIDN’T TURN UP AT THE COLLECTION CENTRE’ – Chiamanda Onuoha
No. They didn’t turn up at the collection centre in my area. I live in Ipaja. I was advised to go to my local government to collect it but I have not yet gone.
‘I HAVE NOT GOTTEN MY PVC…’ – Akintunde Animashaun
No, I have not gotten my PVC because there has been negligence of duties by some of the officers.
‘I GOT MY PVC LAST MONTH AFTER A LONG QUEUE’ – Gbemisola Sulola
Yes, I got my PVC last month after a long queue. I met an official who was willing to help me get it on time if I could pay. So, I paid to get my PVC.
‘I HAVE GOTTEN MY OWN CARD’ – Afeez Kehinde
I have gotten my card. The process was very stressful because there were many of people registering which caused a very massive queue.
‘I’M NO LONGER INTERESTED IN THE CARD’ – Balogun Habibat
I’m no longer interested in the card. When I tried to get the card, it was too stressful and the officials even requested that we pay so we could be attended to quickly. That really pissed me off.
‘MY NAME WAS NOT ON THE LIST’ – Mr. Tola T.
No, my name was not on the list.
‘INEC OFFICIALS COULDN’T FIND MY PVC…’ – Abisoye Ojelabi
No. The INEC officials couldn’t find my PVC, so I had to re-register.
‘MY NAME WAS NOT IN THE REGISTER…’ – Victor Attah
No. My name was not in the register, so I had to register again.
‘IT WASN’T EASY AT ALL’ – Mr. Ayo Y.
Yes. It wasn’t easy at all because it took my time and the stress was much before I could get my PVC where I registered, I couldn’t get my PVC there. I had to go to my local government council to get it.
‘I HAVE COLLECTED MINE’ – Salami Florence
Yes, I have collected mine. There was no challenge. I went to where I registered and it was given to me.
‘IT’S JUST A MEANS FOR PDP TO RIG THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS’ – Raji Hamdalat
No, because INEC has not brought it. It’s just a means for PDP to rig the next general elections.
‘INEC SHOULD ALLOW US TO USE TEMPORARY VOTER’S CARDS (TVC)’ – Isa Adeoti
I am yet to collect my PVC and till now there is no clue as to how I can get it. I learnt about two million people have collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards in Lagos alone. You can imagine the number of people that will be disenfranchised in the February 14 and 28 general elections. I have been to the local council, they said they couldn’t find my name on the list.
I think the best now is for INEC to allow us use the Temporary Voter’s Cards (TVC) if we can’t get the permanent ones.
‘I DON’T THINK I CAN GET IT BEFORE ELECTIONS’ – Opeyemi Babatunde
I have not collected my PVC and I don’t think I can get it before elections. To worsen the situation, when we got to the collection centre sometime last week, those in charge demanded money before they could help find our names on the list.
I later found out that those who got theirs a day before, paid at least N500 each before they collected their PVCs.
‘I’M YET TO GET MY PVC’- Oma Nnadi
I’m yet to get my PVC. I have gone there three good times without any success. INEC should please do something about it.
‘GETTING PVC WAS HELL FOR ME’- Mike Anyaso
I spent almost seven days at INEC office before I collected my PVC. I think INEC must get it right before the election.