Group wants INEC to set up more PVC collection centres

THE Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN), a network of over 303 non-governmental organisations and human rights activists, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to set up more collection centres for the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).

  According to the group, more collection centres would ensure that every Nigerian of voting age receives his or her PVC before the 2015 elections. 

  It said electoral body must ensure that no Nigerian is unduly disenfranchised by his or her inability to obtain a voter’s card.

   HRAN in a statement signed by its chairman, Chino Obiagwu and Co-ordinator, Melissa Omene, encouraged its members and the general public to exercise their constitutional right to vote and to exercise this right properly.

  It said: “If you have registered to vote but yet to collect your PVC, visit the INEC collection centre located in the area where you were initially registered. The importance of PVC collection cannot be stressed enough. Indeed, failing to collect your PVC provides an avenue for election rigging as corrupt party officials may use your PVC in your place.”

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