As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) begins distributing permanent voters’ cards in thirteen states, a civil society group, the Citizens Rights and Empowerment Advocacy Initiative (CREMA Initiative) has urged Nigerians residing in Lagos and other states within time frame allowed by the third phase of the distribution Permanent Voters Card (PVC) exercise.
According to a statement signed by the group’s President/Executive Director, Comrade Rexkennedy Saltlove, the body noted that the much expected phase three of the PVC distribution and the continuous voters registration offer Nigerians in Lagos and twelve other states opportunity to be able to fulfill their civic responsibility.
“Citizens residing in the thirteen states should endeavour to claim their permanent voters’ cards. Apart from using it to vote, which is its primary purpose, it is now gradually becoming an accepted means of identification in banks and other institutions.
“It is our right and it should not be abdicated under any guise. Our vote is our power to make legitimate change in the nation’s political life”, CREMA Initiative noted.
INEC had disclosed that it will commence the third phase of the distribution of permanent voters cards (PVC) in thirteen states of the federation, including Kano, from November 7 to 9, 2014.
The commission has also fixed between November 12 and 17 for the kick off of continuous voter’s registration (CVR) in the states.
According to INEC, the CVR is designed to cover those who have not registered before due to age but now reached required voting age of 18 years old. Besides, the provision of CVR will also include eligible voters who initially registered but whose names did not appear on the master voter registration list.