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Delta Residents Lament INEC’s Poor Attitude In PVC Collection

As the time for collecting approaches, residents of Delta State have complained about the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) shoddy distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, or PVCs.

In the local government districts of Warri South and Uvwie, journalists observed the PVC distribution.

The INEC office in the Warri South Local Government Area was still shut at 8:16 am, and a large number of people were seated under a canopy waiting to be helped. The office was locked up and no staff members were visible.

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An 80-year-old man, Engr. Felix Omogbolu, in a chat with Newsmen said, “I am here to collect my Permanent Voter Cards. When I got here, they said I should sit down and wait because people will resume work by 9 o’clock. That’s why I’m here sitting down and waiting.”


Engr. Omogbolu expressed surprise that government employees began working again at 9 am after observing that the INEC had not commenced by 8 am.

He claimed that despite numerous visits to the INEC office, no one ever helped him. He claimed, “They told the card is not ready. that we ought to cling on. However, we learned from the radio yesterday and this morning that everything is prepared and on its way, and that work will restart at 9 a.m.

According to Engr. Omogbolu, INEC is not adequately distributing or providing PVC to the satisfaction of Nigerians, and he emphasized that time is running out before the deadline.

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He said, “As of this time, the staff are not here. People are just here queuing.”

Memuduaghan said he had visited the INEC office to collect his PVC, but the responses he got are always the same.

“They (INEC) just go about painting pictures that people don’t come to collect their Permanent Voter Cards whereas, they don’t make themselves readily available to come and go through the process for people to collect their cards unhindered,” he said.


He also urged INEC officials to enhance their services, suggesting that they may be attempting to stop Nigerians from picking up their PVCs on purpose.

“At the end of the day, they will go to the media and say people don’t come to collect their cards,” he said.

Staff were observed providing assistance to clients at the INEC office in the Uvwie Local Government Area.


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Mr. Peter Itoro, a 78-year-old man, thanked the INEC officials for taking care of them and claimed that they gave him preference to come inside as an older person to be catered to.

Nwabuzor Dumbiri, the INEC Desk Officer for PVC Collection in the Uvwie Local Government Area, informed this medium that they returned to work early to attend to all eligible voters.


“This is the way we are doing it. As you can see, some people came very early and wrote their names down. So, the first thing we are doing, we allow those that came very early to come in first with the name they wrote by themselves.

“Then, if we see somebody heavily pregnant, one who is carrying a little baby, breastfeeding mothers, aged man or woman, persons with disabilities, we give them preference. Like the man sitted here now. Then, by the time we finish calling some of the names that was written early, we will open the gate, allow everyone in to stay according to their wards,” he said.

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He emphasized that the designated period for the PVC Collection is from 9 am to 3 pm and that those who have been permitted entry would need to stand according to their ward.



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