INEC Vows To Present Two Million PVCs To Deltans

BY LUCKY OYIBO
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is desirous to ensure over two million registered voters in Delta State get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to exercise their franchise before next month’s general elections.
Delta State new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Elder Aniedi-Abasi Ikoiwak, gave the assurance when he held a critical political stakeholders maiden meeting with leaders of the various political parties and Commissioner of Police in the state in his office, Asaba, yesterday.
He said the commission has formalised modalities to distribute the 700,000 permanent voter cards (PVCs) in the possession of the state commission’s headquarters in Asaba.
Ikoiwak said in addition to the 700,000 PVCs, the expectant 500,000 PVCs coming from Abuja before January 20 to eligible voters (owners) across the registered polling units and wards in all the 25 local government areas in the state would be distributed before the end of this month.
Elder Ikoiwak said the commission has introduced what is called Card Reader Machine to checkmate fraud and enthrone transparency on the part of INEC officials and the electorate, saying polling units where Card Reader Machine is discovered to be faulty, election in that unit or ward would be put off for another day.
He said the commission has cancelled manual process of voting for the Card Reader Machine, saying the 2015 general elections is not going to be conducted on the numbers of registered voters by INEC rather the numbers of permanent voter cards (PVCs).
He reminded stakeholders in the electioneering process to assist INEC to guard against ballot box snatching, thuggery and intimidation of electoral officials during elections, saying any voters cards snatched would be rejected by INEC data base machine because such numbers of snatched voters cards had being configured in the INEC Card Reader Machine.
The state REC noted that the commission will within this period embark on aggressive voter education and permanent voter distribution to ensure nobody of eligible voting age in the state is disenfranchised during next month’s elections.
He said actual elections would commence on Friday with the distribution of voting materials to every ward ahead of the elections that would commence next day Saturday at 8:00 am, saying that adequate security would be detailed to secure voting materials from the point of dispatch on Friday to the end of election day on Saturday.
The REC Commissioner urged leaders of political parties in the state to make available to the commission the cost of their campaign programmes to assist it in its planning.
He called on leaders of political parties and stakeholders to assist the commission in reaching the electorate at the grassroots to go to their registered polling units to collect their voters’ cards, saying the commission is set to recruit 21,000 ad hoc staff in addition to 421 staff of the commission in the state to care for each polling unit.
According to him, the commission will continue to partner with the political stakeholders, Police, SSS and other law enforcement agencies to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in the state.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Baba Usman, urged political parties and politicians to raise their campaigns and rallies on issue-based and what they can do for the people when they come to power and not attacking of personality or floating in the euphoria of political bigotry.
He said the police will synergise with other security agencies to see that election materials reach their destination in good time and warned politicians not to be escorted to polling centres by their police orderlies attached to them while trying to exercise their franchise.
The Police Commissioner said the police will not fail to arrest any person who fails to steer clear from polling units after voting, saying that restriction of movement on election day was total and urged all actorss in the process to abide by the rules of the game.

2 Responses to INEC Vows To Present Two Million PVCs To Deltans

  1. Marvis Kaine

    January 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    What about those that registered last year.can they get their PVC as well.

  2. Chris DIKE Esq.

    January 15, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I sincerely hope that they keep their promise, time is running out fast. i registered last year and despite five(5) trips from lagos i am still unable to collect my pvc on the ground that it is still in Abuja. what it is still doing there is a question that needs to be answered.