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Published On: Thu, Oct 30th, 2014

No permanent voters card, no vote – INEC insists

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INEC-Attahiru-JegaFrom Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) yesterday said there will be no collection of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by another person other than the original owner whose photograph appears on the card.

The electoral body said, the decision is to avoid people collecting people’s cards, thereby disenfranchising them during the elections.

INEC also said nobody will be allowed to vote without the PVC.

Addressing stakeholders, political parties and organizations at the Kaduna office yesterday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Alhaji Halliru Tambuwal represented by the Administrative Secretary Alhaji Nafiu Yusuf Hadeja said the distribution of PVC for Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Borno, Niger, Nassarawa and Lagos states is slated for 7th- 9th November, 2014.

In the same vein, it said the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise for the states is slated for 13th- 17th November, 2014.

For the CVR, INEC said only those who have turned 18 after the 2011 elections, or did not register prior to the 2011 elections or their names where omitted.

According to the REC , the essence of the CVR is to improve on the register and give all eligible voters opportunity to vote.

He said, Ad-hoc staff mainly NYSC, students from higher institutions alongside the INEC staff have been recruited for the exercise.

Meanwhile, the commission disclosed that local governments in Kaduna state where some polling units where not captured in the last voters registration exercise will be recaptured.

He also assured that those whose temporary voters card are missing will be issued new ones, stressing that INEC is prepared to do all it takes to make the 2015 general elections free, fair and credible.

 

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