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INEC EXPRESS FEARS OVER 2000 PVCS OF IMMIGRANTS IN LAGOS

The Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC has expressed fear as
1.5m Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) . PVCs
had not been collected in Lagos State.
Lagos State Resident Electoral
Commissioner , Sam Olumekun, at a
stakeholders’ meeting,, yesterday said the total
number of registered voters, including 700,000
newly registered voters, stood at 6,609,115.
However, another concern is that, among the
registered voters were nationals of Cameron,
Chad, Niger, among other neighbouring
countries.
Thousands of them were identified by the state
command of the Nigeria Immigration Service
(NIS) during different raids.
The Deputy Comptroller of Immigration in the
command, Owoeye Rufus, said 2,000 PVCs
had been seized from expatriates.
According to Rufus said some of those
apprehended claimed they were from Sokoto
and Maiduguri , but that through their
training, immigration officers were able to
detect their actual nationalities.
Rufus explained that because most of them
bore similarities with Nigerians, the electoral
officers might not be able to identify them.
He noted that there was an influx of Togolese
and Beninese in Yaba area, adding that the
local government authorities in should help
INEC fish out the expatriates collecting PVC.
“We told some of them in Yaba that we are not
sending them away, but they are collecting
PVC, which is wrong, as they are not eligible to
vote. We are ready to seize as many as
possible,” he assured.
The REC said the INEC would partner with all
stakeholders to stop the trend.
Taking into consideration the new registrants,
the REC said the commission would create
additional voting points ahead of the 2019
elections.
He said the state currently had 8,462 polling
units; 3,667 voting points; 245 wards and 62
political parties which would participate in the
elections.
Given the huge number of uncollected PVCs,
he assured that the commission would extend
PVC collection at ward level while registered
voters could still continue to collect the card,
saying, “Collection of PVC will continue until
shortly before the elections.”

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