The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it will soon commence the distribution of the 800,000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) not delivered earlier. \
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Mr Kayode Idowu, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday. “You can take the guarantee that the PVCs will be delivered in a matter of days,” Idowu said. He added that the commission had fixed all identified mix up in the distribution of the cards across the country, explaining that since the distribution of the cards involved human operations, it was possible that there could be mistakes or mix-up in the exercise. “PVCs are loaded in the vehicle and in the course of delivering them at different states, you could have one pack or two getting mixed up somewhere and delivered in another states.
“Just like you had the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Cross Rivers said, immediately they were discovered, the cards were returned to the intended state. “If such mix-up is discovered, they are returned to the original states; so that is not a fundamental challenge. “As we speak, I don’t know of anybody who is in possession of PVCs that do not belong to his state,” he said. Giving update of PVCs distribution across the country, Idowu said,
“I don’t have the latest figure available but I am sure we would have reached 80 per cent or thereabout, because as at Feb. 18, we had attained 76.15 per cent. “We are updating the figure which we will make available shortly.”
He, however, said that 100 percent distribution might not be possible due to certain factors, including willingness of eligible voters to collect the cards and cases of relocation. Idowu said that it would be commendable if the commission could attain 80 per cent in the distribution of PVCs, adding that as many voters as were willing to collect the card, INEC would make it available.
He also added that the commission was working on its plans to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Adamawa and Gombe states participated in the upcoming elections.
“There are security operations going on in the three states. If the IDPs return to their natural locations, it will make the job of the commission easier. “In other words, if they are still displaced from their natural locations, the arrangement that INEC has put in place will still hold. “That is to say, we will conduct elections in save places,” Idowu said. “The commission is also working hard and taking measures to ensure that the elections are successful,” he added.