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Published On: Tue, Dec 16th, 2014

Criticism won’t slow Us – Jega

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INEC-Attahiru-JegaBy Ahmed Abubakar

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will not be averse to criticisms and will continue to accommodate all manner of criticisms ahead of the 2015 election, the commission’s chairman, Attahiru Jega has said.

Jega said that INEC had in recent time received lots of bashing and criticisms about the manner by which it organised the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

 He said that in spite of the current experienced delays and challenges, NEC was committed to ensuring that all registered voters get their cards before the 2015 February elections.

“Obviously, there is a limit to what we do to ensure everybody has picked his or her card, because we have a joint responsibility with you to urge the voters to come out and collect their cards,’’ Jega said.

He said that the commission had limitations of resources as well as constrains of the political economy in terms of what it could do.

“In many countries, they send cards by post to voters but in Nigeria, we cannot even contemplate to send cards to voters.

“We are even hesitant to allow collection by proxy because we know that even collection by proxy can be abused.

“So there are constrains which made us to insist that people have to come out by themselves to collect their cards.

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