Countdown To February Polls: No Collection Of PVC’s By Proxy, INEC

Says Electronic Card Readers Won’t Fail
CHARLES EMENI
CONTRARY to the fear expressed in some quarters that the February general elections may be marred by the possible failure of the electronic card readers that will be provided by the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Commission, during the week assured Nigerians that, with the on-going testing of the permanent voters cards with the cars readers, and the success so far recorded, the Commission was set to make the election a success, and does not anticipate any disappointment from the card readers.
Disclosing this on Channels Television interview programme “Politics Today”, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman,
Mr Kayode Idowu said, in order to ensure that the card readers do not fail, the INEC has ensured that the batteries that would come with them could last for 12 hours while the voting proper would be for five hours.
In addition, he said, there was going to be spare batteries for the card readers, and if there be a challenge with any of the card readers that cannot be addressed immediately, the process of the election will be suspended in the affected pooling booth until such a challenge is addressed. “But we are not anticipating any such disappointment. I can assure you that the INEC has done everything humanly possible
to make the 2015 general election a success,” he assured Nigerian.
On the decentralization of PVC distribution
nationwide, Mr Idowu said, the aim was to ensure that a greater number of eligible voters have access to the cards to enable them vote, adding that the PCV’s are still being printed and distributed.
While saying that about 15 million PVC’s are yet to be collected nationwide, he said, while we are waiting for more to be printed, the ones ready must be collected. He, however, said “We cannot allow people to collect their PCV’s by proxy as suggested in some quarters as that may lead to some irregularities”.
On the possibility of the INEC conducting elections in the North-East States of Yobe, Adamawa and Bornu, ravaged by the Boko Haram crisis, he said, the commission was ready to send Permanent and ad hoc staff to conduct elections in these States but the safety of such staff must first be guaranteed by the Security Agents in such States.
“The Security Agents in such States, he said, must be on top of the game because statutorily, the INEC cannot on its own provide
security for our ad hoc and permanent staff that would be sent to such States. The security agents in such States must give the green light for elections to be conducted in such troubled States,” he clarified.