We have surpassed 69.68 per cent PVCs distribution — INEC

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it has achieved 69.68 per cent distribution of permanent voter cards as of February 10.

The Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Nick Dazang, said this in an interview in Abuja on Friday adding that as at February 13, the commission had surpassed 69. 68 per cent distribution. He, however, did not give precise figures.

He said “Since we are speaking of three days ago, that means we have surpassed that bench-mark,” he said.

Mr. Dazang advised politicians to invest their time and resources in positive strategies of winning elections rather than buying Permanent Voter Cards from prospective voters.

He gave the advice following a claim that politicians were buying cards and collecting their numbers.

Mr. Dazang said it was also advisable for politicians to judiciously use their time in other endeavours that would help the political process instead of collecting Voter Identification Number of registered voters.

He said buying people’s PVCs would be of no help as the cards could not be used by another person other than the original owners.

“Politicians should encourage those who have not collected to go and collect their PVCs.

“I don’t know of any implication of collecting people’s VIN numbers; they are just wasting their times.

“If I were them, I would encourage those who have not collected to go and collect their PVCs because even if you collect someone else’s VIN number you cannot recreate his PVC.

“They should stop wasting their time; they should channel their energy towards productive and positive ends,” Mr. Dazang said.

He said there were security numbers in INEC PVCs which would make it impossible for the cards to be cloned or forged.

He also advised people not to sell their PVCs as that would automatically disenfranchise such voters from voting on elections days.

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  • Abdul

    Tell PDP i beg, rigging will not work this time, anybody who comes with another persons PVC to the polling booth should be arrested quickly.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    That claim needs to be verified because Jega and INEC cannot be trusted because of the APC/Buhari Agenda that the Commission is implementing. For, why would any responsible organization insist on going ahead with elections when 36% of eligible voters had not collected their PVCs at the time? Jega needs to be sacked, arrested and prosecuted. He betrayed public trust.

    • Ibukun Tosin

      INEC set a bad precedent there.

    • Concerned

      As did the government that left it till the last moment to raise the concerns used as an excuse to postpone the elections

      As did the government who refused to look at suggested alternative solutions including the use of temporary voter cards

      As is the government which is continuing to betray public trust by not supporting the use of electronic card readers to minimise fraud

  • Duru

    What is the percentage rate of actual PVC delivery to the voters?
    That’s the more relevant statistic needed – not PVC distribution to
    each of Nigeria’s 36 states, which has little or no meaning, actually.

    • Ibukun Tosin

      Exactly my point. if the PVCs have gotten to the states, how many of them have been claimed by the electorate in these states? How effective is INEC’s distribution system in these states?

    • Concerned

      You are asking for a level of detail that is probably beyond the ability of most Nigerian institutions to compile.

  • Election Observer

    PROFESSOR JEGA, YOU ARE YET TO REACH 0.01% READINESS AS YET,
    BECAUSE YOU ARE YET TO ASK OR GET AN ANSWER TO A KEY QUESTION,
    WITHOUT WHICH A VALID ELECTION CANNOT HOLD: VIZ:

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    This INEC man is confused: If you buy someone’s PVC you prevent the person from voting. The purchase of PVC is not necessarily to use it to vote, but rather, to ensure that the votes of those whose PVC have been purchased is made impossible. Imagine if significant amounts of PVC are purchased in an area populated by APC supporters – what it means is that APC might loose the election in that location. So I insist that the INEC official is wrong to ask politicians not to worry about those who are purchasing other people’s PVC.

  • Kekedu

    It’s insanity to wait for an accident to happen in six weeks… and you could be inside the plane on your next trip to Abuja.