We Can Succeed In 2015 — INEC
Nigerian citizens have been called upon to co-operate with the independent electoral commission (INEC), to ensure a successful electoral process come 2015.
This advice was given by the Director Of Voter Registrar Independent National Electoral Commission, Engr. Emmanuel Akem at the Citizens Town Hall On The Continuous Voter Registration And Permanent Voter Card Distribution organized by Partners For Electoral Reform (PER) on Monday in Abuja.
Akem said that the Independent National Electoral Commission has put in place good structures that will ease all kinds of difficulties that may arise in the process of electioneering in 2015. “We have good structures that will address all kinds of challenges. We are partnering with both Government and non-Governmental agencies and the goal is to achieve success and deliver to Nigerians, credible election.
“Our structure has cut across all the geo-political zones of Nigeria. We are at the grass-root and are committed to our duties. We encourage citizens to collect their permanent voters card as that will aid INEC in discharging its duty”.
Akem also said that the essence of the permanent voters card is to help INEC authenticate the voters during the election in 2015. “Those who have not got theirs should go to their local government INEC office to collect theirs”.
He stressed that INEC frowns at those who disobey the guidelines of the electoral process. “I want to stress that INEC frowns at persons who collect the PVC for others. It is a criminal offence for anyone to collect the card on behalf of others; it’s clearly stated in the electoral act. Report any case to INEC for proper action”.
On the claim that corps members are not paid, he explained “INEC has a way of paying its ad hock staff. In the case of National Youth Service Members, we pay directly to their office and in torn pay them. But we have reached an agreement with their headquarters to pay them before they start work especially in the coming elections. All these and other challenges have been addressed”.