The INEC Should Extend The Deadline For PVC Registration
The INEC should extend the PVC registration period. However, the process for obtaining a PVC registration is very lengthy. Those who have tried to register a PVC have encountered several problems, including: excessive waiting time, lack of transparency, and fake pvc registration websites. These problems are common and need to be addressed in order to ensure the smooth registration process.
Inability to register for PVC
The inability to register for a PVC is causing concern for many residents of Port Harcourt. The PVC is an identification card that voters must have to vote in elections. A valid email address is a must for registering for a PVC. Once registered, applicants must then enter their biodata, which includes their name, date of birth, home address, educational level, and any disability.
The problem of lack of connectivity in many communities has made registration difficult. Many communities, such as the Igede-Eddi and Operikwu communities, do not have a reliable telecommunication network. Local youth leaders recounted their experiences with registration and blamed some elites from the LGA for not doing enough to resolve the issue. There were cases of residents exchanging money with INEC officials to obtain a PVC.
Extensive waiting time
It is common knowledge that Nigerians are having a hard time meeting their deadlines. This is why people have been rushing to complete various activities within the stipulated time. This is evident in the way people have been rushing to register their BVN, NIN and PVCs. As a result, the deadline for PVC registration was extended a couple of times by the Independent National Electoral Commission. However, there have been calls for an even longer extension.
Lack of transparency
One of the major problems with the current PVC registration process is the lack of transparency in the process. Some politicians have been accused of selling their PVCs to make money. Others have alleged that some politicians are manipulating polling units and selling PVCs to people for cash. This problem has prompted INEC to ask for an extension of the deadline, which was supposed to be July 31.
A lack of transparency in PVC registration has also resulted in delays in registration. As a result, people have to wait five or six days before they can register and vote for their preferred candidates. INEC needs to increase the number of workers in the registration process to avoid the lengthy delays.
Fake pvc registration website
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned Nigerians to beware of a fake PVC registration website. The commission closed the Continuous Voter Registration portal on 31 July and is now warning Nigerians to beware of fraudulent PVC registration websites. The website claims to offer PVC registration online and claims that the commission has approved it. However, INEC has declared that the website is fake and has not been approved by the commission.
INEC has warned Nigerians against using fraudulent websites to register for PVC. The commission said that while the process of continuously registering voters for the 2023 general elections is over, a fake PVC registration website has started tricking many people into paying for fraudulent registrations. The INEC has warned Nigerians against using the fake website, saying that it has disassociated itself from the site. It also clarified that it does not approve any online PVC registration.
Increasing number of prospective registrants
There is a significant increase in the number of prospective pvc registration registrants in the state of Ondo. According to the INEC media officer, the number of people turning up for PVC registration has been on the rise, especially in the state capital of Yenagoa. In order to accommodate the large number of people, INEC set up urgent registration centres and extended them to other parts of the state. The only problem, according to INEC staff, was the lack of machines.
PVC registration has been supported by the Catholic Church because it promotes good governance, putting the common good above personal interest. As a Christian, we cannot afford to remain indifferent when it comes to the basic human rights, including the right to vote.
Need for decentralization
The most effective way to onboard as many Nigerians as possible and collect the maximum number of PVCs is to decentralize the process. This model worked well in 2010, but with the improvement of technology, it should work even better. The next election is scheduled for February 2023, and the next six months are critical for INEC to print PVCs and distribute them to voters.
One way to implement decentralization is to reduce the bureaucracy. This can be accomplished through delegation of responsibilities to regional and functional authorities. However, decentralization also increases the need for capable, motivated, and efficient staff.
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