The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices across Ondo state were Wednesday besieged by enthusiastic, who came to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Investigation showed that crowd of people in all the collection points increased as citizens trooped out in large numbers to collect their PVCs, moreso as the state government declared a work-free day for workers in the state.
INEC officials had a hectic task controlling the crowd, who besieged the various offices early in the morning.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had earlier declared Tuesday as work free day for workers in the state to enable them collect their PVCs.
The large turnout of intending voters was said to be a demonstration of the interest of the people in the 2023 general elections.
At the INEC office on Oda road in Akure, Ondo state capital, people had assembled as early as 5.30am in their large numbers struggling to get their PVCs for an exercise that commenced at 8.am.
Some registered voters, who spoke on the development, lamented the difficulty being faced during the collection of the PVCs, describing the process as cumbersome as many were unable to collect theirs.
They, therefore, appealed to the state government and INEC to extend the work free day and period of collection to enable more eligible voters collect their voters’ cards.
They said some have been visiting centres designated for the collection of the PVCs but were unable to collect theirs as they were told that the cards were not available.
A registered voter, Mr. Ayeni Akinwumi, who was yet to collect her card, expressed worry over the delay in the distribution of the PVCs.
He noted that the process was stressful as many were yet to collect their PVCs.
Also at the INEC office in Akure South council, Mrs Ibukun Ayenumelo, said the process was not encouraging as there was delay in the distribution.