Still on PVC distribution
SIR: I would like to remind INEC that Nigerians are too sensitive to anything that borders on their civil rights and privileges like participation in the 2015 general elections. Moreover, anything that hinders them from performing such role may be challenged both through litigation and protest. At the same time, INEC, under leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega has impacted a lot on Nigerian electoral process for the Commission to be discredited as a result of inefficiency in distribution of permanent voter’s card (PVC).
I wonder how credible election can be conducted without participation of majority of eligible and registered voters. As at today, four out of every 10 Nigerians have not been registered, or access their PVC. Therefore, the Commission must understand that much needs to be done in overcoming this great challenge. I trust Nigerians, some aggrieved people, in connivance with politicians might even go to the extent of seeking postponement through courts, especially that a few cunning political leaders are planning to manipulate the electoral process.
I want to suggest that INEC should make use of any relevant ICT means to notify the registered voters on the actual venue / centre for collection of their respective PVC. Also, there should be collaboration with Presidency on the need to declare one day public holiday to facilitate quicker distribution and sensitization. Notwithstanding this challenge, INEC is advised not to succumb to the idea of allowing Temporary Voters Cards for election. Else, all the previous efforts will be nullity.
Finally, INEC must realise that the challenges pertaining to distribution of PVC is a time bomb that may jeopardise the whole 2015 electoral process. Hence, Professor Jega must be on top of the situation. Nigerians believe that the INEC chairman is capable of turning things round and will support him towards success because the current situation has necessitated people’s readiness to participate in 2015 general elections.
• Jide Akinyooye,