The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that 87,209,007 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) have so far been collected across the country ahead of the upcoming 2023 general election.
This was made known on Thursday by the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, during a maiden briefing in the series of his proposed daily media briefing at the national collation centre in Abuja.
Yakubu during the press briefing said while the commission is pleased that the rate of collection is higher than in previous years, there are still many PVCs uncollected.
6.7% of registered voters yet to collect their PVCs
According to data distributed to journalists, out of 93,469,008 registered voters in Nigeria, 87,209,007 voters, representing 93.3% have collected their PVCs, while 6,259,229 voters representing 6.7% are yet to collect their PVCs.
The data also shows that Lagos leads in the number of collected PVCs with 6,214,970, followed by Kano with 5,594,193, and Kaduna with 4,164, 473.
Meanwhile, the states with the highest number of uncollected PVCs include Lagos – 845,225, Oyo – 515,254, and Ogun – 410,281.
The INEC chairman further revealed that a total of 1,642,385 polling units and collation centre agents of political parties will participate in the elections.
Yakubu during the briefing disclosed that the Commission has fully recovered from the recent attacks on her facilities in some states.
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He raised concerns about vote buying but was hopeful that the vices will be dealt with, stating that voters are not allowed to go to the voting cubicle with their phones.
Noting that all materials have been distributed to states, he said the sensitive materials are currently being delivered to local government areas. He said that non-sensitive materials were deployed two months ago.