SOME prospective voters in Ekiti State on Monday stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Ado Ekiti, state capital to demand the release of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), cards, alleging that the electoral body may have sold their PVCs to desperate politicians.
The angry electorate, who claimed that they have been visiting INEC offices for several months to collect their voter cards without success, said they are suspecting that the cards might have been sold to politicians.
The INEC Public Relations Officer to INEC in the state, Taiwo Gbadegesin who denied the allegation of selling the PVCs to politicians, said: “We have just taken delivery of the final copies of the Permanent Voters Cards. And we need to do some sorting to respective local government area offices of the commission. We cannot just begin to give them out like that.
An electorate from Oye Ekiti Sola Akindele, who disclosed that he had transferred his card to Ado Ekiti said: “last week I was here for the PVCs they asked me to come on Monday which is today and have been coming but we can’t get the cards. This is my right and I must get the card to vote. , I had transferred the card from my town, Oye, to Ado. We are ready to vote but our INEC is denying us this right.”
Another person who was yet to collect his PVC Adewale Adekola , said: “I have been coming here from Ureje for the past four months. I spent N300 on transport whenever I come for my PVC. I arrived here since 7am, and we have been waiting. This is almost 11 am. They have always been asking me to come back. They said I should come back today. They didn’t bother to check, they have been giving the cards to some people that they know from their churches and mosques, they will call those ones inside themselves and give them. I did it last year March.
‘’They asked us to come back on Wednesday but the collection will close this week Friday.
“They are not serious and not doing the right they are doing some under dealing. It does appear that they have sold our cards. They are even using the police to harass, but we won’t accept this,” he alleged.
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