200,000 PVCs will not be available in Lagos – INEC

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it would not provide about 200,000 Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, in Lagos State ahead of Saturday’s election.

Akin Orebiyii, the state Resident Electoral Commission, disclosed this Wednesday during a Stakeholders’ Forum in Lagos.

According to Mr. Orebiyii, out of the 5.8 million registered voters in Lagos, 5.6 million PVCs were available for distribution and collection.

“We want to extend our apologies to those who had challenges and difficulties in obtaining their PVCs, it is not our intention,” Mr. Orebiyii said.

Mr. Orebiyii said that INEC officials would pass Friday night at the various local government collation centres to enable early deployment of men and material to the over 8,000 polling units.

“We are very sure that this year, we are going to arrive on time. That is why we are going to sleep at the RACs (Registration Area Centres). We will leave the RACs by 5 a.m. and by 6.30 – 7 a.m., INEC officials are already waiting for voters.”

The Lagos REC said that just like in previous elections, priority would be given to the aged, disabled, and pregnant women.

“The Temporary Voter’s Cards as we speak have become obsolete. They have become a thing of the past. The smart card, similar to the PoS used in banks and supermarkets, will be used. It will recognize the PVC once it is put inside during accreditation,” said Mr. Orebiyii.

“It takes about 15 seconds, which gives us an assurance that in one minute we have effectively taken care of three people.”

During a mock accreditation process conducted by the Commission during the forum, it took a PREMIUM TIMES reporter, who was one of the volunteers, two minutes and ten seconds to get accredited.

Mr. Orebiyii also explained that final collation of results for the House of Representatives election would be done at the constituency collation centres and the Senatorial results would be at the three Senatorial Districts’ collation centres.

The collation of the results for the presidential election would be at the INEC state office before being taken to Abuja, according to the INEC REC.

Mr. Orebiyii further said that voters are allowed to stay around after casting their votes, as long as they comport themselves peacefully.

Kayode Aderanti, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, restated the INEC REC’s position, adding that police officers would be present to ensure voting is conducted peacefully.

Mr. Aderanti said that only police officers and other paramilitary agencies are constitutionally empowered to provide security at the polling units.

“OPC is not involved in this electoral process and they should not make any attempt to come out.”


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  • lincolndemo

    INEC has no right to dissenfranchise any electorate like me. It’s totally unfair and a failure on the part of INEC. I am sad and angry that I may not get my PVC to vote due to INEC’s failure and not mine. I hope my candidates win at all levels.

  • evi

    After the elections,Jega should be sacked without any benefits, the billions Tinubu bribed him with should be able to last him and his generation until God shows mercy on him for almost disenfranchising 23 million voters from the south,just to hand buhari victory through lopsided pvc distribution.

  • Africa

    Well done INEC!

  • Otile

    How come every creature in the North including foreign Muslims, cows and goats got surplus PVCs while legitimate Nigerians in densely populated areas like Lagos and Abia are left forsaken, and miserably disenfranchised?

    Continent Nigeria needs to divide, let the Northerners go their way to actualize their corrupt practices.

  • humm

    Bull shit, INEC how do you justify that this is free and fair when 200,000 ppl are not going to vote

  • maureen

    Two days to the presidential election, a fresh survey by an independent company has revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) now enjoys a 17 per cent lead over the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), with a margin of at least 17 per cent as they head to the presidential election scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 28.

    Coming against a subsisting projection that Buhari’s APC would completely capture the votes of the South-west geo-political zone, a situation that could place the APC in good stead, the new survey shows that the reality on ground revealed that Jonathan might have unlocked the pathway to even out votes in that region.

    A few of the survey highlights by Chike Uchime of Forward Magazine, a research and publishing company since 1995 and Daniel Dickson-Okezie of Zevland Ventures Limited, also a leading research and security consultancy firm, indicate that President Jonathan is primed to win the elections in view of the new realities.

    Using 24,000 sample sizes across 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to decide through an opinion survey, who will win the presidential election, the outcome of the research exercise was based on three critical factors.

    The first is the respondents’ views on the achievements or performance of the president from 2011 to date and to see how this can affect his chances in the coming election. The second factor dwelt on the correlation between the outcome of the 2011 presidential election and the likely outcome of the 2015 presidential election, while the third factor was a detailed study of the various dynamics that have taken place since 2011 and the likely impact on the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

    According to the survey, “When asked which of the TWO main political parties they preferred, 65 per cent of the respondents opted for PDP, while 31 per cent favoured the APC, one per cent went for other parties, while the remaining two per cent went for none of the parties.”

    When the respondents were asked how they would rate Jonathan’s performance in ten critical areas namely: security, agriculture, power, dducation, transportation, aviation, press freedom, fight against corruption, human rights and job creation, somen empowerment, they allegedly claimed to be impressed on the average.

    “When the respondents were asked if they would vote for Jonathan based on their responses to the previous questions, 62.2 per cent answered in the affirmative, and 29.7 percent in the negative, while 4.1 percent were undecided.

    “On the question whether Buhari is considered more capable in addressing the critical issues in the areas listed, 30.7 per cent answered in the affirmative, while 65 per cent answered in the negative. Another 4.3 per cent of the respondents were undecided. From the foregoing, it was becoming visible the likely direction of their votes.”

    The survey report highlighted the dynamics that have taken place since the 2011 election and the likely impact on the outcome of this year’s presidential election.

    According to the report, “Issues addressed here include: (i)The effect of intra-party conflicts; (ii) The effect of mass decampment/cross-carpeting; (iii) The effect of endorsements by ethno-religious groups, socio-cultural groups, paramount rulers and others; and (iv)  inter-religious/ethnic conflicts since 2011

    “Each of these issues will either have a positive or negative impact on the candidates. For example, the mass defection of some PDP governors and party stalwarts to the APC may affect the PDP negatively in some states. However, this likely set-back may be cancelled out by some high-profile defection to PDP such as that of Governor Mimiko of Ondo State and those of former Governors Peter Obi, Attahiru Bafarawa, Ibrahim Shekarau among others.

    “Also, the effect of the conflict between the Fulani cattle rearers and indigenous farmers mainly in the North Central states and Taraba State in North-east may likely COST Buhari, who is a Fulani, some important votes in the areas concerned. Equally, the increase in bloody clashes between the Hausa Fulani and the people of Southern Kaduna might likely tilt a win in favour of Jonathan.

    “The volume of endorsements by traditional rulers and ethnic nationality groups among others in the South-east, South-south and South-west has enhanced President Jonathan’s chances.
    “Another critical factor examined which may work in favour of the president is the recent and aggressive deployment of the social media network which now ensures a wider reach and delivery of its programmes to the people. Hitherto, the APC was in control and more effective in the use of the social media.

    “In conclusion, based on our findings as enumerated above, President  Jonathan, the presidential candidate of the PDP stands an excellent chance of winning the 2015 presidential election by at least a 17 per cent margin over his closest rival,” the report stated.
    The report, in its footnote, stated: “It should be noted that the report did away with the dubious format of allocating states to the president based on some illusory expectations. The report is the outcome of extensive field research with real people.”

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