As the collection of Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) commenced in the state on Friday, Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of foul play and planlessness, saying its excuses for postponing distribution to residents were deceitful.
The governor, who expressed his displeasure at a state wide broadcast, said INEC was being economical with the truth on why it decided to postpone distribution of PVC in nine local governments.
He said, “Barely 48 hours after I addressed you about our preparations and preparedness to enable you participate in the process of issuance of your Permanent Voters’ Card as planned and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I am constrained to address you again this morning.
“This is because by omission or commission, INEC has decided to make this a painful experience for us in Lagos by announcing that it will only issue Permanent Voters’ Card in the following 11 local governments.”
He listed the local governments where INEC has decided to distribute PVCs to include, Agege, Ajeromi- Ifelodun, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Ojo.
According him, INEC has postponed the exercise in nine local governments namely – Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Apapa Badagry, Oshodi-Isolo, Epe, Shomolu, Surulere and Eti-Osa.
He added: “INEC now says that it will conduct the exercise on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of November, 2014.
“I can only imagine the level of disappointment that you must all feel, having waited anxiously for this exercise and in spite of the fact that we had declared a work free day.
“I am deeply disappointed at this display of lack of planning that speaks volumes of the contempt and disregard of this national agency for the rights of citizens.
“I wish to recall that it was INEC that first announced that this exercise was planned for August, and later shifted to September, and later to today and yet they did not get it right.
“If this is a foretaste of what we should expect in the general election, for me it is a bad start. It tastes awful.”