7.8m idle PVCs with INEC

By Angela Atabo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it has 7.8 million uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from the 2015 general elections.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, told a meeting of Civil Society Organisations Situation Room in Abuja that out of the uncollected PVCs, Lagos had the highest with 1.4 million, followed by Oyo with 700,000 and Edo, 540,000.

Yakubu said: “In terms of the least collection by percentage, Ogun has the least while Bauchi and Zamfara have the highest rate in collection by percentage and number.”

“There are some we have not printed from the last general elections; so, we are meeting some stakeholders next week in this regard to settle it.

“The commission is still reiterating its advice that collection of PVCs by proxy is not allowed.

“So we are working out ways to ensure that people collect their PVCs before the next elections and those who are of age

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86 associations seek registration as political parties

By Emmanuel Oloniruha

Ahead of 2019 general elections, 86 political associations have applied for registration as political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday.

At the commission’s quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties at INEC headquarters, Abuja, the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, described political parties as important vehicles in the management of the country’s democracy.

“The number of applications for registration of new associations as political parties now stands at 86,” he said.

He congratulated the 10 political parties recently re-registered after being deregistered following their performances during the 2015 general elections.

The political parties, according to him, are Better Nigeria Peoples Parties (BNPP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Progressives Party (PPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), National Action Council (NAC) and National Democratic Liber