The spokesman of the electoral body in the state, Femi Akinbiyi, said on Saturday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will begin distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State on April 29 in preparation for the July 22 local government elections.
According to him, eligible residents who are in doubt of the registration area of the polling unit they registered can contact the Electoral Officer for the local government.
INEC will as from Saturday, April 29 will begin distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in all the 245 Registration Areas in the state. This is purely for the purpose of the Local Government elections coming up soonest in the state. The exercise is for those that have registered before but had not collected their PVCs. It will last for five Saturdays starting from Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 27.”
He added that the nationwide Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise will commence throughout the state as from April 27 and remains continuous all the year round. Therefore, all residents that have reached the age of 18 years after the last registration exercise are to come out and register.
INEC had on Wednesday initially announced plans to begin a nationwide continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local government areas of the federation. The commission disclosed this in a statement signed by the INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, after a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECS) and Administrative Secretaries from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The commission had, however, advised those who were already registered not to do so again as it is an offence to register more than once.