Abdulrahman Adam, a 25-year-old resident of Tella in Gassol local council of Taraba State has lamented his inability to get a Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) despite being extorted by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In an interview with BBC Hausa, Adam said despite being an eligible voter, he was disappointed when he visited a registration centre for the first time in 2015.
“Because our town is not in a corner, but a politician brought officials to come and register us, but they said we have to pay money,” Adam said.
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According to Adam, he and his two friends went to register and were told they had to pay N500 each.
“Both of us paid but the other one didn’t have money, he didn’t register,” he added. “When we went to the local government headquarters to collect our election card, we were told that it was burnt because we didn’t do it here.”
This incident disenfranchised Adam and his friends in 2015 —- the year they should have started voting.
“When I paid the money I didn’t hear anything because I was happy that I would be able to choose who I wanted. I was sad when they told us we will not get the card.”
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“Then in 2019, I got a chance to vote. One of my friends also got to vote, but I don’t know if the other one did,” he added.
Corruption is one of the major problems affecting the world, especially in developing countries like Nigeria.
A joint report by CISLAC and Transparency International on corruption for 2021 shows Nigeria in the 154th position out of 180 countries that suffer the most from the problem.