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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it was partnering with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to send text messages to owners of the uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). INEC National Commissioner, Mr. Soyebi Adedeji, made this known in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on Osun Election.
Adedeji said the measure became imperative to remind Nigerians of their civic duty so as to ensure a successful electoral process. He said the number of uncollected PVCs with the commission was of great concern, adding that this number could determine who wins or loses elections.
“The Continuous Voter Registration has come to an end and INEC has other things to concentrate on since election is a matter of a chain of events. “Before the end of the CVR, the commission as at last week had 10 million uncollected PVCs in its possession, now with the end of the CRV; there are additional 14 million registrant cards to be processed within 165 days. “People need to come and collect their PVCs; it is not just about registering, collection is the most important thing. When people register, the collection is always less than 50 per cent.