The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says a total of 12 million Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, were yet to be collected.
This was made known by the Commission’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a meeting with Editors at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, last week.
According to Yakubu, there are over 70 million registered voters in Nigeria, but 58 million cards were collected and at least 700,000 unprinted.
He added that “we have a large number of Nigerians who are not registered and they have come of age.”
The INEC boss further disclosed that the Commission would commence Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, exercise for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections before the National Continuous Voter Registration, CVR.
He attributed the successful conduct of elections to the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) which he said guaranteed the integrity of the process and the outcome.
“I think we all agree that with the introduction of Card Reader, no matter the imperfections of the Card Reader and the introduction of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) as a complement to the Card Reader, we have greatly sanitized the process. But we need to go further,” he said.
The Chairman further disclosed that the Commission would further enhance the electoral process by introducing more technology in the collation and transmission of election results in order to make the process free, fair, credible and speedy.