INEC considering further registration exercises

By Post Nigeria January 17, 2015 18:50

INEC considering further registration exercises

Based on the numerous rumours regarding voters’ registration, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Friday, disclosed that the commission is considering a fresh wave of voters’ registration for eligible persons yet to register and those with Permanent Voters Cards PVC problems.

The Head of INEC office in Abuja Municipal Area Council Karu, Mr. Emmanuel Idakwo said the commission was under pressure from many unregistered persons who trooped into INEC office daily with various complaints, which may stimulate fresh registration for a few days.

Idakwo said there was also an issue of Temporary Voters Cards TVCs, because there were complaints from some people stating that their names were not found in the PVCs register.

He asserted that such group of people could be allowed to have a new registration to enable them exercise their constitutional right.

Aside from the aforementioned cases, Idakwo said, they were also mindful of President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement which said that every eligible Nigerian must be allowed to vote.

“There is the need for such people to be given the chance to register”, he said.

As regarding the issues of the TVC’s of people whose name were absent, he said the problem might have arisen from absence of their thumb print on the temporary cards.

Idakwo said as a result of this, such individuals were not able to find their names on the PVC register and needed to take on new registration.

When asked if INEC would allow the use of the temporary card holders to vote in the upcoming elections, Idakwo said that, the only way it would be permitted “is when the PVCs for the affected TVCs are not ready for collection.

“But in a case where the PVCs are available in the various offices of INEC in the country, why can’t these persons with their TVCs go and collect their PVCs? He said.”

He used the medium to urge on all Nigerians who have not yet collected their PVCs to visit the centers where they registered and collect the new cards.

Idakwo reiterated that the collection centers in the country had been decentralized to simplify the collection of the cards.