On Tuesday, August 15, over four hundred people thronged at the office of the Independent Electoral Act Commission (INEC) in Ikorudu, Lagos, to register for the Permanent Voters Card (PVC), but as at 4pm—of the same day, not more than thirty people had been registered. The reason for this was because some of the INEC officials in cahoots with touts illegally sneaked in people who had paid them a thousand, five hundred Naira to fast track their registration.
According to one of the tout by the name Chuks, N1,000 out of the N1500 is for INEC officials, N200 for security and N300 for them as the middleman.
A woman claimed to have woken as early as 3:00 AM in order to write her name on the initial register to be used by INEC officials for the actual enrollment. She was seen lamenting after waiting endlessly for her name to be called.
After an investigation, it was discovered that these touts always hijack the initial registration and filled it with phoney and fake names which they later trade to those that paid N1,500.
Despite INEC extension of PVC registration from 17th to 31st August 2018, millions of eligible Nigerians will definitely not be in the voter’s register.