PVC/CVR: Anambra electorates criticize INEC over logistics problems

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 15th, 2014

Registered voters in Anambra State have criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission [ INEC ] over its inability to address logistic issues before embarking on the ongoing distribution and collection of permanent voter card in the state .

Observations showed that voters who came to some polling units to claim the permanent voter card had series of problems to contend with, ranging from inadequate attestation forms , swearing of affidavit in court, absence of PVC even when the voter’s name and picture appeared in the INEC voter register, shortage of electoral officers to attend to the teeming population of voters who thronged the polling units to collect the PVC as well as delays inherent in the exercise .

Mr. Chukwudi Ibeegbunam who spoke to DailyPost reporter at polling unit 008 Agu-Awka Aroma junction, Awka said he got his permanent voter card but confirmed that some registered voters were unable to obtain theirs due to the fact that the attestation forms in the unit had been exhausted and as such were asked by the electoral officer of polling unit 008 to go to other polling units nearby to get the forms which the affected voters did but to no avail .

Another respondent at polling unit 1 Aroma junction Awka who gave her name as Deborah Agunwa said that she has searched for her name in the register but could not find it and that the electoral officers at the poling units were hostile and unable to provide useful information to voters who had problems in collecting the PVC . Agunwa equally stated that she registered in the aforesaid polling unit .

Mr. Ibeegbu Emmanuel Chibunna who aslo spoke to the reporter at polling unit 1 Aroma junction Awka said that though he has collected his permanent voter card but he also noticed that people who lost their temporary voter card had problems as there were no attestation forms for them to fill to enable them collect the PVC. Mr.Ibeegbu also disclosed that the sorting of names by the electoral officers on duty at the polling units was not in order in the sense that the names were not arranged in alphabetical order which according to him led to unnecessary delays in the entire process .

He further explained that the corps members handling the exercise lack experience and that they are not even enough to handle the population of voters at the polling units as only two corps members were deployed to the polling units as electoral officers while advocating for extension of the exercise to accommodate all and sundry .

Mr. Okechukwu Nwosu said he saw his name on the voters register but did not see his permanent voter card, even though he came with the temporary card as instructed by INEC. He also observed that people really turned-out for the exercise, but the major challenge according to him was shortage of personnel and materials at the polling units .

The INEC electoral Officer at polling unit 1 Aroma Awka who gave her name as Onuigbo Prisca said that some of the voters who lost their temporary cards refused to fill the attestation forms when they were asked, but insisted that the permanent voter card should be given to them . She said that more electoral officers were needed to fast-track the process at the polling units as only two officers would not be able to attend to the crowd of people at the polling units .

Also the electoral officer at polling unit 003 Umudiana public square, Awka who presented his name as Bakare Segun disclosed that the atmosphere was friendly as the villagers assisted in setting up the arena for the collection of the permanent voter card. He said that there were no fracas in the course of the exercise at his polling unit as the voters organised themselves to facilitate the whole process .

Meanwhile, the INEC electoral officer at polling unit 005, Precious Chinenye Ibezim and the electoral officer at polling unit 008 who refused to disclose his name to our reporter , both refused to speak on the grounds that they were restricted from speaking to journalists .

The Public Relations Officer of the Anambra office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr.Frank Egbo did not respond to phone calls when our reporter called to get his reaction on some logistic problems being experienced at the ongoing distribution and collection of permanent voter card in the state .

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