Kano threatens legal action over permanent voter cards distribution

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

The Kano State Government has threatened legal action against the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, over what it described as “deliberate moves to disenfranchise its citizens in the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVC.”

The Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, dropped the hint while addressing journalists in Kano on Thursday.

Mr. Ganduje said the state government was not satisfied with the way INEC was going about the distribution of the PVC, noting that less than half of the population in the state has so far obtained the voters’ card.

With the limited time available for electorate in the state to collect the cards, the deputy governor argued that INEC may not be able to attend to majority of Kano citizens before the closing date.

Mr. Ganduje said the state government had met with officials of the commission in a bid to extend the time frame for the distribution of the PVC, to enable Kano citizens to collect their cards.

“As a government, we will be compelled to seek redress in the court if INEC fails to address our concerns,” the deputy governor said.

“Though what is happening cannot be immediately termed sabotage, it is clear that there is gross incapacitation on the part of the ad hoc staff employed by INEC. Most of them could not handle the computers they were given.”

The Kano Emirate Council had last week issued a statement to warn INEC over the distribution of the PVC, saying it will not take it lightly if the people of Kano were disenfranchised during the exercise.


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