Sequel to a visit on Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 by a team from the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to apologize for the shoddy distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Saturday, 6th December, 2014 re-registered alongside his wife, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola for the voters card to be used in the 2015 general elections.
Met on arrival at 9.30am by the state’s INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola and other officials at Ward G3 Unit E002m at State Junior Grammar School, Itolo Street, Surulere, Governor Fashola and the First Lady joined other residents of the area to undertake the registration processes again after which he was presented with another Temporary Voters Card by the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
Speaking during a short interview with journalists after receiving the card, Governor Fashola urged all residents of the state who have not registered to go out and do so irrespective of challenges being experienced in the process.
“All I will say is that people, no matter how difficult they make this, your love for democracy must be bigger than your inconvenience”, the Governor declared.
Displaying both cards, Fashola noted that there is no difference between the Temporary Voter’s Card he collected in 2011 and the one INEC has just issued to him now. “This is the card they gave me in 2011, this is the one they have given me again, so I still do not see the difference”, he said.
It would be recalled that the Governor and his wife could not obtain their PVCs when INEC commenced the staggered distribution in Surulere Local Government last week.
A notice pasted on the board at the polling unit then had urged all those who registered at the venue to come back and re-register between 3rd and 8th December 2014.
The distribution of PVCs, which was first scheduled for between November 7 and 9 in the state was carried out in only 11 of the 20 local government areas while INEC promised that the exercise would be conducted in the remaining nine local governments from November 28 to 30.
However, amidst reports ranging from late commencement of the exercise in some local government areas to outright omission of names on the lists in various wards, the commission pasted notices in some wards, including the state Governor’s Ward G3 Unit E002 at State Junior Grammar School, Itolo Street, Surulere, directing the voters to come for fresh registration scheduled to start on December 3.
Reacting to the development after visiting the unit then, Governor Fashola expressed disappointment that INEC had chosen a path that could lead to the destruction of the nation’s fledgling democracy adding that the act was a deliberate attempt to decimate the state’s voting population.
Following the public outcry in the aftermath of the development, a team from the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 visited Governor Fashola to apologise to him on the shoddy distribution of PVCs in the state, during which he told the team that it was not about him personally, but about ensuring that every registered voters in Lagos received their PVCs.