INEC manipulating PVCs to favor APC, Buhari – Balarabe Musa

By Post Nigeria February 6, 2015 16:06

INEC manipulating PVCs to favor APC, Buhari – Balarabe Musa

The Credible Alternative Alliance, CAA, an interest group led by former Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa has alleged that the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been tilted to favor areas believed to be strongholds of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

CAA in a statistical analysis gave a breakdown of registered voters in various zones who are yet to collect their PVCs, saying it had observed, “a criminal gross disparity of voter spread, designed to tilt the election to a pre-determined outcome”.

It revealed that in various zones those who had not collected their PVCs in the South East numbered as high as 3,287, 530, while in the South West 7,411,205 were yet to get theirs.

In the South-South 3,844,370, the North-East 2,429,763, North West 4,835,556, North Central 3,907,849 and in the FCT 421,559.

INEC on the other hand, had revealed that the following had collected their PVCs; in the South South 6,214,977, South East 4,378,329, South West 6,403,350, North Central 5,859,562, North East 6,678,841 and in the North West 12,784,880.

Professor Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday stated that the Commission had distributed over 44million PVC’s as at Tuesday just as he said over 90 per cent of the PVCs are in the states awaiting collection.

Balarabe insisted that unfettered access ought to be given to all 68.8 million registered voters to freely collect their PVCs and fulfill their constitutional right, adding that a failure to do so would attract legal action against INEC.

“Let us call a spade a spade. There are two main contenders for the Presidency in this election.

“The analyzed data above depicts a worrying trend.

“Voters in the zones that tend to support President Goodluck Jonathan are massively disenfranchised by the application of the so-called PVC debacle, 40% to 50% of voters in these regions who are lawfully and duly registered to vote will be denied their right to vote by INEC.

“That is nearly half of the support base of the President, simply nullified by administrative failure prior to the election.

“By comparison, the zones that tend to support Buhari are handed a massive voter advantage as nearly 80% of his support base will be allowed to cast their votes by INEC.

“In an election, which so many say will be won or lost by a slim margin, to now bind 26million voters through a questionable and actionable aphorism by INEC is not adequate by any measure.

“CAA condemns in its entirety this attempt by INEC to undermine our democracy through this criminal enterprise to determine the outcome of this election before the ballot is cast.”

Balarabe also opined that it would be very cumbersome and close to impossible to successfully distribute the outstanding PVCs before 14th February.

“INEC cannot meet up with the issuance of voters cards to all registered voters.

“Even the PVCs are not being realistic because of failures in the past.

“For example, INEC is talking about distributing permanent voters cards. Let us assume that sufficient PVCs have been produced by the commission, how is the PVC being distributed?”

“We have credible information that in some rural areas, INEC staff take the PVCs for distribution and the people because of the disappointments of the past, refuse to come out for collection of their PVCs.

“Staff of the Commission then leave the PVCs to community leaders to distribute. I believe that should not be the responsibility of the village heads to do that but INEC.”

“Again, how can we realistically expect INEC to make PVCs available to every registered voter within two weeks, something they failed to do in many years?” he asked.