The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and governorship aspirant, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure that all eligible voters in the state get their permanent voter cards today (Friday).
This was contained in a statement signed by the speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Adebayo, on Thursday.
According to Ikuforiji, INEC had declared in 2011 that over six million Lagosians were on its register as potential voters in the state but wondered why the commission announced that only four million permanent voter cards would be distributed.
He warned INEC against disenfranchising eligible voters in the state, saying that it was saddening that some may not get their permanent voter cards.
He said, “It is therefore incumbent on INEC to ensure that not a single voter in Lagos State is short-changed for whatever reason”.
The speaker, who commended Governor Babatunde Fashola for declaring Friday as a work-free day for civil servants, urged residents of the state to troop out to their registration centres to collect their permanent voter cards.
Ikuforiji also urged Lagos residents, who just attained the voting age of 18, to get registered so that they can exercise their franchise in the 2015 elections.
The statement partly reads, “As residents of the State that is ranked as the best-performing and most secured in the country, it is incumbent that we ensure that we individually obtain the cards during the three days that have been allotted to the exercise.
“As you all know, the importance of this permanent voter card cannot be overemphasised. Without this all-important card, our dream of electing a people-oriented government and effecting positive change in our country cannot be possible. You should, therefore, make sure that you do not allow anything to hinder you from going early to your registration centres to obtain the card beginning from Friday, November 7, to Sunday, November 9, 2014”.