CSO urges INEC to address permanent voters’ card issue

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In Nigeria
Mar 9th, 2014
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The Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Election Coalition has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address some noticeable logistics challenges as the voters’ verification and issuance of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) enter the second day in Ekiti State.

The CSO made the call in a preliminary statement by the Coalition’s Coordinator, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi at the weekend.

The Coalition comprise Women Advocate Research & Documentation Centre (WARDC); Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC); African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD); HEDA Resource Centre; New Initiative for Social Development (NISD); WANEP Nigeria, Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD); JPDI, NCWS and International Press Centre (IPC).

Mrs Akiyode-Afolabi said the call has become necessary following field reports from the state’s three Senatorial Districts (Ekiti North, Ekiti Central and Ekiti South) by the Coalition’s observers.

INEC, according to the reports did not seem to have conducted adequate public sensitisation and awareness prior to the beginning of the exercise and does not have enough personnel in most of the registration units.

Only one youth corps member were said to be attending to hundreds of voters while in some cases, overwhelmed corpers were recruiting friends and volunteers to assist them.

In a number of polling units, the Coalition noted that the total number on the register did not just exceed but double the stipulated 500 per polling unit, thus raising fears that in the concerned units not all registered voters might be issued with PVCs and therefore disenfranchised.

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