With less than five days to the July 31, 2022, INEC deadline for the procurement of Permanent Voter Cards, the Lagos State Governor; Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved four work-free days for civil servants in the state to obtain their cards.
This directive was contained in a statement released on Monday, July 25, 2022, and signed by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who said the work-free days would begin from Tuesday, July 25 and last until Friday, July 29, 2022.
The HoS further directed the Accounting Officers to ensure compliance, adding that workers are expected to bring their PVCs while returning to work.
The statement titled “Collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC)” reads in part;
“…it is notified for general information that all Public Servants who are yet to register for or collect their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) from designated INEC centres are advised to do so before the deadline date of 30th July 2022.
“To this end, Mr Governor has graciously approved a Work Free Day for Public Servants to enable them to process/collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) from their respective Local Governments/ Local Council Development Areas. Officers are expected to return back to work with their Voter’s Card after this exercise.”
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state had last week said that over one million PVCs have not been collected by registrants. The electoral umpire also projected a seven million registered voter strength in the state ahead of the 2023 general elections.