Ahead of the February election, the Labor Party has raised the alarm over alleged irregularities by officials of TBEN National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the distribution of the Permanent Voter Card, PVC.
In a statement issued and made available to DAILY POST by Obi/Datti Campaign Council chief spokesman Dr Yunusa Tanko, the party expressed fears that with the current situation in all PVC collection centers in the country, several Nigerians may lose their right to vote. be taken away. in the upcoming elections.
According to the spokesman, reports received by the campaign council nationwide about the incompetence of INEC staff are “disheartening and frustrating for most PVC collectors”.
“We have received reports from all geopolitical zones in Nigeria and the messages are all the same, people are complaining about the snail’s pace with which the PVCs are being shipped to collectors,” he said.
According to the election timetable in accordance with Section 28(1) of the 2022 Electoral Law, the presidential and national assembly elections are scheduled for February 25, while the governorship and state assembly elections will be held on March 22. .
Looking at the close of the elections, the party lamented that many Nigerians who applied for the PVCs “still find it difficult to collect their voter cards”.
“If you look closely at the INEC timetable, you have less than 12 days left to collect the PVCs. Of the approximately 500 PVC collectors, people line up for hours; only 20 or less than 50 people get their card in the designated sections.
“What miracle is INEC going to perform that ensures Nigerians get their PVCs within this short period of time if there is no sinister motive behind it?
“The collection process began on December 12 and is expected to end on Sunday, January 22, but across the country, many of our members complain that the process is cumbersome and that INEC staff feel comfortable walking in and out of the departments.
“They resume at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. and according to information reaching us, INEC employees resume daily at 11 a.m. in most cases.
“Today is January 11 and by the 22nd of this month the process will collapse. What will be the fate of those who could not get their voter cards?
“We have said in various forums that under no circumstances should a Nigerian be denied his inalienable rights to cast his vote.
“INEC should open these deliberately designed weak operations to Nigerians before people start to believe that the highest electoral body has a hidden script unknown to us.”