The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola have not yet been issued Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).
INEC stated on Monday, February 2, through its Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang that the Sultan and Fashola had not yet gotten voters cards because of data loss from some of the commission’s machines.
Dazang stated further, during a one-day workshop held for journalists in Kaduna, that the data loss had resulted in a loss of the fingerprint records of some Nigerians.
“Initial loss of data led to the loss of finger prints and why the Sultan of Sokoto, Governor Fashola of Lagos, and others could not get their PVC,” he said.
“What I know is that those whose data were lost and those who did the Continuous Voter Registration, their cards are now ready,” Dazang added.
The Sultan of Sokoto had told President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, January 19, during a visit by the latter to the state, that he might be unable to vote because he does not have a PVC.
Fashola made a similar declaration on Thursday, January 22, during an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship rally in Lagos.
INEC has extended the PVC collection deadline to Sunday, February 8, to ensure that all registered voters collect their cards before the elections commence.