Kano, Kaduna, Lagos Top PVC Collection List –INEC

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The Independent National Electoral
Commission has listed Kano, Kaduna and
Lagos as the states leading in the
collection of Permanent Voter Cards.
The electoral body said it was committed
to its earlier position that the Temporary
Voter Cards would not be allowed for
voting during the next general elections.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega,
in his submission to the Council of State
meeting presided over by President
Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, said the
commission would not reverse its
decision to use PVCs for the elections in
order to enhance the credibility of the
polls.
A copy of the submission titled:
“Preparations for the 2015 general
elections: Progress report,” presented to
the Council of State meeting by Jega
stated that a total of 45,098,876 PVCs
had been collected across the country as
of Wednesday.
A document tagged “Attachment 2”
attached to Jega’s presentation claimed
that the figure represents 65.81 per cent
of the 68,833,476 total number of
registered voters nationwide.
The document indicated that 3,190,417
voters had collected their PVCs out of the
4,975,701 registered voters in Kano State
representing 64.11 per cent of the
registered voters.
In Kaduna State, 2,976,628 voters,
representing 87.36 per cent, have
collected their cards out of 3,407,222
registered voters.
In Lagos State, 2,267,039 voters,
representing 38.39 per cent, have
collected their PVCs out of 5,905,852
registered voters.
In Katsina State, 2,245,303 voters (79.40
per cent) have collected their cards out
of 2,827,943 registered voters.
Bayelsa State has the least number of
voters with PVCs. In that state, 386,125
voters (63.26 per cent) have collected
their cards out of 610,373 registered
voters.
In Abuja, 464,769 voters (52.73 per cent)
have collected their cards out of 881,472
registered voters.
In Ekiti State, 496,536 voters (67.83 per
cent) have collected their PVCs out of
732,021 registered voters.
Jega, however, said the commission
would not conduct elections with TVCs
because they (the TVCs) had no chips
and could therefore not be
authenticated by card readers.
He added that if TVCs were allowed,
millions of people who were involved in
multiple registration and whose names
had been removed from voters register
for the next elections would approach
polling units on election days, whereas
their names would not be in the register.
The INEC chairman said, “The nation has
invested a lot in the Card Readers and
Permanent Voters Cards technology and
the commission believes that using them
in the 2015 general elections would
confer remarkable transparency and
credibility to the electoral process.
“There have been demands that the
commission should revert to the use of
TVCs issued during the 2011 registration
and the subsequent Continuous Voters
Registration.
“The TVCs have no chips and therefore
cannot be verified or authenticated by
the card readers. Also, there are more
than four million cases of multiple
registration; people with TVCs, who have
been removed from the certified register
of voters for the 2015 elections.
“Once the use of TVCs is allowed, many
of these people would inundate polling
units on election day; their names will
not be in the register, and they would
start agitation that they have been
‘disenfranchised’ as was the case during
the Anambra State governorship
elections in November 2013.
“In any case, people who collected PVCs
no longer have TVCs because they used
them to exchange for PVCs.
“Additionally, a high percentage of voters
had to use the attestation forms
provided to collect their PVCs due to loss
of TVCs on account of floods, insurgency,
etc.”
Meanwhile, Jega regretted that due to
funding constraints, the commission
could not do enough hands-on training
for its Presiding Officers and Assistant
Presiding Officers on the technology of
the PVCs and card readers.

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