Ahead of the 2023 general elections Prof. Lai Olurode, a former national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged registered voters to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards.
Olurode stated this on Wednesday, during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program.
According to him, “People obtain the cards for other uses, not primarily for the purpose of elections. I think for those who are interested voters, by now they should have known if their cards are ready,”
“INEC is complaining that people are not coming out to collect their cards. People should go out there, collect their cards, and take elections more seriously. We can’t be lamenting all year round but the majority of the elite won’t go out there,” he added.
The former INEC commissioner spoke on the commission’s choice to do away with incident forms, which were initially adopted by the Attahiru Jega administration of INEC as a way to record instances of technology difficulties during an election.
He stated that the likelihood of the forms being misused was a likely justification for their removal from the voting procedure.
“I’m sure INEC will have its backup plans to accommodate instances that could not have been foreseen. But I think it is important to stress that when the voters’ list is displayed, people should go, observe and be sure that their names are on the register,” Olurode stated.
“You cannot go there on the day of election and begin to complain that ‘my name is not there.’ We have to take it very seriously and I think INEC can be more active in providing enough education for people.”