PVC HITCHES: CAN INEC DELIVER CREDIBLE POLLS IN 2015?
The three days distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) witness controversies across the country, as many registered voters could not get their cards. As gathered in most cities in Lagos, voters go through different challenges ranging from missing names, wrong photographs, and painstaking queues.
Some registered voters in Ifako-Ijaye local government who spoke to BRANDPOWER said they could not find their names in the units where they actually registered and were asked to check at other polling units. Some eventually found their cards while others could not.
As expected, the main opposition, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over the three-day distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Cards, saying the process was intentionally programmed to fail in order to disenfranchise voters in the states with the highest number of voters.
INEC on the other hand has stated that it is doing all within its power to correct all mistakes and make up for lost ground. To this end, afresh registration has been programmed for registered voters who could not get their permanent cards and unregistered voters between November 12 and 19.
Going by what you have witnessed in your state and local government, what is your assessment of the PVC distribution by INEC and do you think the commission is on track to deliver a credible election in 2015?