Civic groups release interim report ‎on distribution of voters’ cards

INEC voter's Reg

The Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), Partners for Electoral Reform (PER) and Youth Alliance on Constitution & Electoral Reform (YACORE) is observing the Phase 11 distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) undertaken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the following states; Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo, Delta, Cross rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This report represents an overview of our observation of day one of the exercise.

The distribution of the PVCs commenced in most polling units in the 12 states under review. However, the exercise witnessed late commencement in several states, our observers across the 12 states reported an average opening of 10 a.m. with Oyo State as an exceptional case. Reports from Oyo State indicate the exercise commenced as late as 1 p.m. with field reports citing IMG Primary school, Oke-Ado, Molete axis, Ibadan, G&P bus stop and Idi-Ose, Ward 5, Akinyele LGA etc as examples.

Non distribution of Permanent Voters Card
We observed the distribution exercise was not conducted in several polling units across the 12 states. Registered voters who reported to the polling units turned back in disappointment as there was so distribution officer present at the polling unit to distribute the cards or offer an official explanation for the non distribution of the PVCs. For instance, no distribution officer was on ground in the following polling units in the FCT, PU 37/02/10/004 Living water, Kubwa, PU 001, Yaba Ward in Abaji. In Oyo state, no distribution officer was sighted in PU 012 Agbowo, Olomo, Iwo road, Zik hall, University of Ibadan and Ward 12, Ibadan north east.
A different scenario played out in PU 010, Ukwakpu Market Square, Ward 08 Kpirikpri, Ebonyi State, where distribution materials were sighted at the polling unit but no distribution officer present as at 2:22 p.m.

These highlighted incidents could heighten voter apathy if not addressed immediately. We urge INEC to investigate these cases to ensure eligible voters are not disenfranchised from voting in 2015. We also request INEC to publicly explain the reason behind the non-distribution of the PVCs in those polling units.

We observed the presence of only one distribution officer in reviewed polling units. The distribution process was rowdy particularly in polling units with large number of registered voters. We witnessed undue interference of party agents. Party agents also provided support to distribution officers particularly assistance in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards. For instance, in Afikpo South 03, Emekwe Unit,Ebonyi State, the assistance rendered by a former councillor and party member to the distribution officer led to a fracas.

There were also reports of shortage in attestation forms in reviewed polling units, with the increased number of citizens reporting loss of their temporary voters card, we call on INEC to make available more attestation forms in polling units.

Proxy Collection
Contrary to the provisions of the INEC guidelines for the distribution of the PVC forbidding collection by proxy, our mission witnessed several incidents of collection by proxy. Examples are PU 054, BACAS and PU 018, Nassarawa Primary School in Bauchi State.

We implore INEC and relevant stakeholders to scale up voters education program to guarantee maximum participation in the exercise.

This preliminary report details some of the observed trends in day one of the 2nd Phase of PVC distribution exercise.

Samson Itodo
Head, Research, Policy & Advocacy

Ezenwa Nwagwu
Chair, Partners for Electoral Reform

Abdulrahman Hamisu
National Coordinator, YACORE


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  • Oladele1

    I strongly believe the Bishop acted and played out an agreed script otherwise, he would simply have asked the congregation to pray that the will of the Almighty God be done in the forthcoming general elections.

  • dudu

    So painfully honest and dispassionately written. May the writer’s strong moral compass never fail


    Dudu and Oladele or what ever you call yourselves. Have you ever heard what the Bible says in 1 Timothy 4: 1-2? I bet you may be pagans or Ifa worshippers but here is it “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” Now that you concluded out of your ignorance , we pray that the good Lord forgives you but if you refuse to repent and recall the nonsense you have said about Pastor Oyedepo, a true man of God, who is acting in line with the commandments of God, I pray the gates of hell, which the likes of you have been peddling will not open and swallow you up. May the Almighty God forgive you. So, my dear ignorant fools ” TOUCH NOT THE ANNOINTED OF GOD AND DO HIS PROPHETS NO HARM” and NO HARM WILL COME NEAR YOU TOO. A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE IF AT ALL YOU COULD BE COUNTED AMONG THE WISE.!!! GOODLUCK TILL 2019, CONFIRMED. GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

  • Concerned citizen.

    Long, uncalled for and pure crap. If u want pple to listen to u, make a mark n stop accusing falsely. Whateva happened to whoeva waters shall be watered? So if they say God should grant d desires of ur own heart, then we r corrupt? Are there now specific prayers that can’t be prayed 4 specific pple? So we shld watch d blessings we proclaim on pple cuz we r wondering “wat will pple think”? Biko stop disturbing d Internet with ur false rubbish. Maybe if u get to a position of power, all we shld say is “let God’s will be done”. As tho u dnt noe dat d violent taketh it by force. Beta learn to be specific in ur prayers. Good luck sha.