The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it will spare no effort to ensure that every validly registered voter get his / her Permanent Voter Card, PVC, to be able to exercise their franchise in the 2015 general elections.
The INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance in Abuja when the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West and Central Africa, Mohammed Chambas, visited him.
Jega said the challenges experienced during the third phase of PVC distribution and Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, in some states were transient and do not threaten the Commission’s readiness to deliver superlative elections in 2015.
He said the Commission regrettably experienced some challenges in the production of the cards within defined time scheduled and that this necessitated the adjustment of the timeline for the distribution of the card.
“Whereas we had wanted to distribute the cards within the same period in all the remaining 12 states, we now have to stagger it in order to ensure that we have all the cards before they are
“And, of course, people have been very anxious and many have been disappointed – not just by the change in the timetable for distribution of the cards but also by the logistical challenges and operational delays experienced in the field. But these are minor challenges as far as we are concerned.
“We are absolutely sure that before the February elections, every validly registered Nigerian will have his / her PVC to be able to exercise their voting right. And we are doing everything possible to
ensure that happens,” he promised.