Mutiu Agboke is the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State. He speaks with Sunday Oguntola on plans for the 2019 general elections and electoral issues, among others. Excerpts:
Oyo State has over 16,000 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Have you been able to know why the PVCs remain unclaimed?
The factors responsible include lack of general awareness on the parts of the owners of the cards. Two, the fact that some of them who were living in a place had moved from the place. I will give you an example. I called the HOD of my ICT department that we should do an experiment. We selected some cards and we started calling them one after the other to actually know whether they were still alive or not.
Unfortunately, out of hundred, only one of them is still resident in Oyo State. If you make a call now, they all said they are far away in other parts of the country but commended INEC for the initiative.
Some said they are now in Umuahia, others said they are in Port Harcourt and some other far parts of the country. A lady came to my office for an interview and approached me that her PVC she did in 2015 as a student in another state had not been collected.
She has just moved to Ibadan. I requested for her TVC Temporary Voter Card (TVC) and sent it to the local government where she registered. They were able to locate the PVC and sent it to me.
She had to come to me to come and collect. The question is: how many…