66 per cent of voters given PVCs — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that the number of registered voters that have collected their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, amounts to 45,098,876.

This figure represents 66 percent of the 68,833,476 registered voters.

Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, told PREMIUM TIMES this on Wednesday.

The challenge, arising from distribution of the PVCs, has created the call for postponement of elections, from some quarters, including Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.

On Monday, some protesters, numbering about 100, stormed INEC headquarters to demand postponement of the elections, citing non availability of all the cards for the voters.

But Mr. Idowu said that INEC had taken delivery of all the cards and distributed them to all the states of the federation.

Since the Commission has made available all the cards, he maintained that Nigerians have responsibility to urge those that are yet to collect their PVCs to do so.

INEC has also extended deadline for collection of the PVCs to Sunday, February 8.


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  • Naira

    66% is more than enough to conduct election. Thus, INEC carry go my mind dey worry me to vote out clueless.

    • goodman

      INEC has really tried just that the pdp led gov.has foreseen defeat ahead of it.

      • Naira

        Yes oh!

      • dd

        What if PDP win, would you still on your computer to type?

        • Hoodys

          PDP can not win. NEVER!

  • dudu

    I think Jega should be ashamed of himself for not preparing well for this election after announcing election dates over a year ago. He has cheaply handed PDP and their apologists reasons for the postponement of this election. Never the less, they are only postponing their day of reckoning. Jega should get off his high horse and hit the ground running; he should move away from that safety zone in his cosy Abuja office and know what is happening in Owo and the rural areas of Ekiadolor as regards PVC collection and indeed in all other parts of Nigeria. My grandmother who is willing to vote and has a temporary voters card is being denied the opportunity to do so, because some local govt official wants to be bribed before giving her the civic document, only ten days to the election. It simply shows that Jega is dozing where he ought to be alive to his responsibility. Anyway, we are patiently watching in 3D how all these intrigues in the political process will end.

    • McAlfred Uta

      I didn’t know there is a sane mind in this forum who can place the blame where it surely belongs – Attahiru Jega. In the days of yore even without release of necessary funds we bashed Maurice Iwu. Now that Jega acknowledged receiving all the budgeted funds and cannot distribute PVC’s lets go for the remaining alternatives – use of temporary card or postponement within the law but with 29th May as sacrosanct handing over date. As for the paid bloggers abuse one another as much as possible.

  • Cvil Rights Alliance

    PROFESSOR JEGA OF INEC HAS DESTROYED DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA.
    HIS GROSS INCOMPETENCE IS BEYOND DOUBT. HE SHOULD BE SACKED.

    • Lara

      @ Civil Rights Alliance,

      Please can we vote with something else? I have tribal marks, can i vote with it?
      The important is a free and fair election, it doesn’t have to be with Jega’s PVC.

    • blueeyedkitten

      yes, together with his boss; GEJ.

      • Giganto

        …who refused to release the money at the time that it was requested

        • dd

          shutup as all the money is released? stop listening to lies in SR and PM

  • Al

    INEC doesn’t generate funds for its operation, it’s rely solely on federal govt for funds and for past 2 years the electoral body is pushing for the release of funds for pvc and other electoral project budget but federal govt lead by GEJ is not co-operating, so????

    • dd

      All the money given to INEC. If not, Jaga would have cried out. Let him do his work and stop following small small girls.

  • Questioner

    Professor Jega,

    You have already failed voters’ cards duty, how about this other question,
    are you going to fail it too, by putting Buhari on the ballot paper, as qualified?

    • dd

      As we are talking they have given voters card to village in northern state but have only south PVC with them in INEC just to give Buhari undue advantage.

      • Alouche

        Shebi you people said your president is the good president who does not interfere with the work of INEC. Why are you people concerned with what INEC is doing???

    • Otile

      Now we know that Jaga is a corrupt Fulani man.

  • Words on Marble

    Please can we vote with something else? I have tribal marks, can i vote with it?
    The important is a free and fair election, it doesn’t have to be with Jega’s PVC.

    ………….Lara

  • dd

    why 66%? why not 90%. INEC is not ready for the election

    • MICHAEL ABBEY

      Take note of this statement “Mr. Idowu said that INEC had taken delivery of all the cards and distributed them to all the states of the federation”

      • Bolu

        What does a press secretary of INEC – Kayode Idowu – ever stand for?
        Why mention such non-entity where truth and knowledge are at issue?

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      INEC cannot force people to pick their PVCs. No law or constitution mandates every Nigerian to collect their PVC and vote. Those that want to vote should pick their PVCs. The reason for all these noises on PVCs distribution is that it is clear to gej & his cohorts that he will lose Feb. 14 election. They are sponsoring people to protest and call for postponement just to strategize for rigging. We say NO TO POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTION

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    INEC cannot force people to pick their PVCs. No law or constitution mandates every Nigerian to collect their PVC and vote. Those that want to vote should pick their PVCs. The reason for all these noises on PVCs distribution is that it is clear to gej & his cohorts that he will lose Feb. 14 election. They are sponsoring people to protest and call for postponement just to strategize for rigging. We say NO TO POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTION…

  • Okey

    If it took INEC one (1) year to distribute 66%, has it now acquired a supersonic peed and efficiency to distribute 34% within 7 days ? Magic !

    • progress

      If you give (20) more years for some nigerians ,the story will not change , there is no where in the world where electorates show 100% readiness for participation. the question is thus: what stops the FG from declaring two working days work free days and the next weekend for everybody to ensure they get their PVCs? ,mind you in the constitution it is not mandatory to vote ,so no one can force anyone to go get their PVC if they are not interested in voting ,so INEC kindly remain focused and maintain your stance and be independent as you should be.

      • Okey

        You are like Governor Fashola, who after receiving his PVC, has joined the “carry-go, all-is-well-without-you camp. But your problem lies in knowing from among which group will the “willing voters” come from: Will it be from the 66% given or from the 34% denied ? Or, what guarantee do you have that the 66% will come out to vote and the 34% will not come out to vote ?

        Take it further. It is now obvious that Northwest has received 90% of their PVC and South East has received only 50%. Does it follow then that only 10% from the North West will not vote and 50% of the South East will note vote? There lies the dishonesty in your argument and the logic behind it.

    • progress

      No country in the world where everybody come out to vote , the fact is some people will not get the PVC even if you give 12months extra , and mind this whole issue is another wayo to force the inec to dump the use of PVC or allow the use of TVC so that PDP can perfect their rigging ways , but i know that GOD almighty is with the innocent Nigerians who are now scared to go to bed at night as a result of the incompetency of the present govt, God willing the change we want will surely arrive even sooner than we expect.

      • Okey

        “No country in the world where everybody come out to vote.” Fine. I agree with you. But your problem lies in knowing from among which group will the “willing voters” come from: Will it be from the 66% given or from the 34% denied ? Or, what guarantee do you have that the 66% will come out to vote and the 34% will not come out to vote ?

        Take it further. It is now obvious that Northwest has received 90% of their PVC and South East has received only 50%. Does it follow then that only 10% from the North West will not vote and 50% of the South East will note vote? There lies the dishonesty in your argument and the logic behind it.

        • Alouche

          “But your problem lies in knowing from among which group will the “willing voters” come from: Will it be from the 66% given or from the 34% denied?” Do you use your head at all? Do you not know that those who are willing to vote are the ones who had made effort to collect their cards? And who told you that the rest were denied? You yourself said the other day that majority of them were the Easterners who left the North due to Boko Haram. Now, whose job is it to make all parts of the country secure for every Nigerian to live in? You think that, as president, you can simply not give a damn about the situation in parts of the country that you do not like and it would not come back to haunt you?

          • True Nigerian

            Gbam!

          • Okey

            You just delude yourself with “do you know.” Please, endeavour to be factual and real. Go to the INEC collection centres you see Nigerians in frustration, struggling to get their PVCs without success. As we post, the APC Governor Ibikunle Amosu of Ogun State has just complained that in Ogun State only 36% of registered voters have got their PVCs.

          • Triple 7

            When did Amosu make this statement? INEC is saying PVCs are ready you are quoting Amosu

          • Okey

            I dey laughooo !

            I find it extremely embarrassing that the youth who are queuing for “Change” are robotized to do so.

          • Okey

            Dialogue of the deaf, obviously !

          • Triple 7

            Alouche, you too much jare! Dont mind them, they are still learning.

        • Triple 7

          Guy that is precisely the reason why you should be out there like the rest of us urging people to go get their PVCs instead of wishing for postponement of elections. In simpler terms, PVCs are ready, go get yours! Is it really that difficult to under? What else do Nigerians want from INEC? Na wa o!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    INEC is simply not ready. The elections must be postponed to avert the kind of costly false start that Jega foisted on Nigeria in 2011. INEC as a body is implementing an APC agenda. The rush is obviously aimed at preventing illiterate, senile Buhari’s prosecution for forgery and perjury. APC must not be allowed to set the rules while a legitimate PDP Administration is in place. Enough of these attempts by the political wing of Boko Haram to stampede INEC into inconclusive elections.

    • progress

      In your myopic brain ,so you think the court thing will go anywhere ? mumu , let me enlighten you a bit the supreme court had cleared the air regards this in the past and for that ,it is will be a complete waste of time as most judges know this very fact , and i know that you agree with me on that, but being an e-rat will not make you confess to this fact. back to INEC and the PVC issue , the question is ,what stops the FG from assisting INEC by declaring 2 days work free day to enable those who are interested to get their PVCs? i guess the answer is your mumu president knows his end is near as president ,so he wants to play GOD , but be rest assured that ,just as Abacha , IBB and Obasanjo tried and failed ,so will Jona too .there is no two ways about it.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Thank you for displaying such idiocy. You aren’t worth my time.

        • Triple 7

          He isnt worth your time And yet you replied. Thats what truth does, it frustrates those who oppose it. Like he said, be rest assured that ,just as Abacha , IBB and Obasanjo and let ME add the Turai Yaradua cabal tried and failed ,so will Jona too .there is no two ways about

    • Sams

      Hahahahahaha In 2011, you ppl said Jega conducted the most free and fair election Nigeria has ever seen. Now that you feel you are gonna lose, you are accusing him of “implementing an APC agenda”.
      What hypocrites!!!!

  • Uzoma John

    Why is PDP afraid of this election? Tell me, in the history of Nigeria, how many voters have voted out of the number of registered voters. In 2011, out of an imaginary 77million voters, combined total votes cast for all presidential candidates was less than 38million, which is about 49% of total registered voters. Come 2015, 68.8million people registered to vote, with 45million ( 66%) and counting having received their PVCs. Why is the Govt and PDP making so much noise over nothing? In all State Governorship elections in this country, less than 40% of registered voters cast their votes (excepting GEJ’s magic of 2011, where in some States his votes were more than the number of registered voters). The conclusion of all this is that Jega has blocked all loopholes for them to rig as usual, with the introduction of card readers to read voters finger prints. PDP has already started complaining of such a transparent process. Na wao. These people, only God knows what you people want.

    • True Nigerian

      Don’t worry. I can only add that God is not the only person who knows what they want. We also know what they want, which is why they are not likely to get it, because we have the power to deny them what they want. And so shall it be!

      We, the people of Nigeria, do hereby say that on February 2014, we will have both our say and our way! The heavens will not fall! We will send a horrendous government out of office across every corner of this country. Vox Populi Vox Dei!

  • True Nigerian

    Can INEC force voters to come and collect their PVC? That is the
    question for me. We can also put the question in another way. Do PVC
    owners have a right not to collect their cards? Yes. If they are not
    coming forth to do so, can we force them? No!

    Where does INEC’s
    job start and where does it stop? If INEC has made PVCs ready and have
    been waiting for people to come and collect their PVCs but those people
    are not turning up, how on earth is it INEC’s problem? I don’t
    understand it.

    INEC is waiting, but people are not coming. We ask
    Jonathan to declare public holiday so that people will no longer use
    their work as an excuse for not being able to collect their PVCs. But
    Jonathan maintains a taciturn silence. Yet, there is another question on
    that. The people that have collected, did they need a public holiday to
    collect their voter’s card? The answer is no! So why all the wrangling
    about PVC collection if the owners won’t be minded to go and collect
    their PVC. So, if we extend the collection deadline to May 10th 2015,
    and it turns out that these same “PVCless” registered voters are still
    refusing to go and collect their own, what then happens? We should
    extend the deadline further to May 28th?

    I detest unintelligent and dishonest debates! I detest them!

    • warry

      My friends there are millions Inec wickedly removed their names who are still waiting for Inec to produce their PVC’S. They recaptured them in December.

  • Encore

    Professor Jega,

    You have already failed voters’ cards duty, how about this other question,
    are you going to fail it too, by putting Buhari on the ballot paper, as qualified?

  • Salam

    APC party and its motive for February 14th

    There is nothing sacrosanct about February 14th – nothing. The 1999 Constitution
    allows election to hold before May 29th. Anyone obsessed with February 14th is only
    interested in mooting or truncating the court proceeding on ‘Buhari certificate case’.
    If the election could somehow be rushed to end on February 14th there might be no
    reason for the Buhari certificate court case to continue. That’s all there is to this
    ‘artificial constitutional crisis’ being pushed by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

  • warry

    I didn’t Know that Soludo does not know anything. #30 trillion or $150 billion is like total earnings for the entire 4yrs of Jonathan presidency. If now all the money is missing, didn’t the states and local Govt at least receive their allocations?

  • GusO

    You state that “However, the major undoing of Magu, may have been his poor interpersonal relationship. Those close to him say he does not have friends and those who are somehow close to him, cannot, in any way, benefit anything from him or influence him.”
    That’s precisely what we need in an anti-corruption chief — one that does not brook any nonsense and is prepared to deal with friends and foes alike.

  • daniel

    Our problem is the president. If he was the boss truly, would the DSS dare to do what they did? Can you do that in Putin’s Russia?

  • burning spear

    Magu is a thief and a drug addict——————–and as corrupt as the word corruption itself———-hr bought his way back into reckoning————————the only people he often sends to jail are the ijaws from the niger delta—-that is what he often does—————–with his aid from the south east–and south west————————