A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) has advised registered voters yet to collect their Permanent
Voter Cards (PVCs) to use the opportunity offered by rescheduled election dates
to collect their cards.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the problem was not that the cards were not
available "but the question still remains the collection by the owners.’’
Kayode said that the commission would do its best to ensure
that registered voters received their PVCs, given the extension in the election
Asked if the collection of the PVCs would continue at the
ward level after the eight-day extension deadline, Kayode said the commission
would take a stand on that.
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"But I want to believe that the collection continues as it
"The commission actually says it will extend the collection
time in places where there are low turnouts.’’
The chief press secretary said the collection of PVCs was
not one of the reasons why the election dates were rescheduled, adding that
68.7 per cent of PVCs had been collected as at Feb. 6.
"By the time we add the figure for Saturday, you can be
sure that it would have reached 70 per cent.
"Even with all complaints, the rate is not bad as people
are talking about it.’’
He, however, added that the commission would use the
extension period to improve on its preparations in order to achieve success in
the 2015 general elections.