The Independent National Electoral Commission, has disclosed plans to partner with the Nigerian Communication Commission, in its bid to distribute the over 10 million uncollected Permanent Voters Card in its possession.
INEC says the idea is to send text messages to owners of the uncollected Permanent Voter Cards providing information about the nearest collection centers.
A National Commissioner of INEC, Mr Soyebi Adedeji, made this known in Abuja on Monday, at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on Osun state Election.
Adedeji said INEC decided to adopt the strategy in other to remind and encourage Nigerians of their civic duty to the country and to ensure a successful electoral process.
He added that 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.
“We need to find a way to see what we can do about collection so we have decided to partner with NCC to alert Nigerians on the status of their cards,’’ the commissioner said.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of civil society organisations, has assured INEC of its support in ensuring free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
Convener, Mr Clement Nwankwo, said the legislation on electoral offences should be passed if the executive was serious about good governance and called for the passage of other bills relating to elections to strengthen the process.