PVC Registration: Edo Govt Declares Friday Work Free Day

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The Edo State Government has declared Friday, August 31, a work-free day for civil and public servants to process, regularise or obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

The state government has therefore urged workers to partake in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), so they can perform their civic duty.

This was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie.

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“The CVR exercise had been extended by INEC for two weeks which will terminate on Friday, August 31, underscoring the decision of the government to declare a public holiday to ensure that government workers are able to obtain their PVCs.

“The state government is keen on ensuring that everyone in the state is provided ample opportunity to participate in the political process, hence all government workers are encouraged to treat this message with all seriousness,” the statement read in part.

Ogie added that all government establishments except those that render essential service are expected to be closed and the workers are encouraged to take advantage of the work-free day to visit centers for the exercise.

Ogun State Residents Unable To Collect PVCs

Ogun stateFew hours to the general elections, thousands of residents in Ogun State are still finding it difficult to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

A visit to some of the collection centres revealed that eligible voters who thronged those centres could not get their cards despite haven’t collected their Temporary Voter Cards.

In another development, the State Police Command has warned illegal security operatives to stay away from voting areas across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State as those found wanting would be made to face the full weight of the law.

Friday, March 27, is being observed as a work free day in Ogun State as announced by the State Government, south-west Nigeria, to allow residents who have not been able to collect their PVCs do so.

In response to this, many residents besiege collection centres but the cards were not there.

The State Police Command has expressed its readiness to work hand in hand with other security agencies during the elections.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, while highlighting the level of preparedness said, adequate logistics have been put in place even at river rine areas of the State.

The command has however warned that it would not condone any act of lawlessness before, during and after the elections.

INEC Holds Seminar On Voting Procedure In Anambra

electionThe Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), in Anambra State has conducted a one day stakeholders’ seminar on accreditation and voting procedure for the 2015 General Elections at the Women Development Center in Awka.

Speaking during the seminar, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Edwin Nwatarali, said all polling units would have customized ballot papers while the card readers would authenticate the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to ensure that the voter is in the right polling unit after which the biometrics are taken.

He said, in an incidence of the card reader failing to verify a voter, manual accreditation would be used.

Mr Nwatarali further announced that the elderly and physically challenged would be given special attention and priority to vote.

Reeling out the accreditation and voting procedure, Mr Nwatarali, said accreditation would begin by 8am and would end by 1pm after which the card reader would verify PVCs and fingerprints of voters which if it fails to verify, manual accreditation would come into play.

However, he said, when a card reader malfunctions and could not be replaced by 1pm in a unit, the election in that unit would be postponed to the following day.

During the voting process, he said the elderly and the physically challenged persons would be given priority attention to vote first.

According to Mr. Nwatarali, the green collapsible box would be for House of Representatives election, box with black cover would be for Senate, while the Presidential ballot box would have a red cover.

He said, all polling units would have customized ballot papers and enjoined all principal actors to display spirit of sportsmanship and patriotism during the election to avoid acts that might threaten the peace of the electoral process.

Governor Willie Obiano who was represented by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tony Onyima, commended citizens of the state for the massive collection of the PVCs to the tune of 91 per cent and urged all who collected to use it to elect credible leaders.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, revealed that the police is fully prepared for the elections.
He announced that restriction of movement would be enforced from midnight on Friday and advised eligible voters to move nearer to their polling units.

Mr Karma also said, armed policemen would be deployed for stop and search patrol.

 

NIS Holds Prayer Session For Success Of Election In Imo

NISAs part of their preparations for the forthcoming general elections, the Imo State command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) held a one day prayer summit in Owerri, the Imo State capital to pray for a successful election that will be devoid of violence, free, fair and credible.

The comptroller of NIS Imo State Command, Mr Batholomew Idu, said apart from the physical preparations by security operatives in the country, it is also important to prepare spiritually and commit the elections into the hands of God so as to prevent the death toll that occurred during the post election violence in 2011.

He added that he is optimistic that with the prayers by religious groups, and all well meaning Nigerians, the election would be successful and Nigeria would become a stronger nation.

Mr Idu also added that all foreigners and nationals of other African countries living in the country should steer clear of the 2015 elections as it is purely a Nigerian affair and no foreigner should be in possession of any Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs)  for voting purpose as his men had already recovered numerous PVCs from suspected foreigners.

APC Supporters Embark On Road Show In Kaduna

apcAhead of next Saturday’s presidential election, supporters of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) in Kaduna State, on Tuesday, embarked on a road show to drum support for the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and the state governorship flag bearer, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

During the road show rally, the APC members expressed confidence that their party would be victorious in the coming elections and however vowed to occupy all over Nigeria if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attempts to rig the elections.

They described the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buahri and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as credible candidates adding that they are the”choice of Nigerians in the elections given their incorruptible stance”.

The road show, tagged ‘Walking for Change’, witnessed a large crowd of APC members in Kaduna State and the party’s governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, trekking from the Command junction in the southern part of the State capital to Kawo, in the northern zone.

Women, children and youth all trooped in large numbers, singing and dancing.

Walking slowly and patiently, the surging crowd passed through the popular Ahmadu Bello Stadium to Ali Akilu road, where they appealed to residents of the areas to vote for APC in next Saturday’s election and subsequent ones on April 11.

For the supporters, their decision to participate in the over ten kilometers walk was borne out of their desire for a positive change, which they claimed APC stands for.

The supporters however, said that their power is their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

Gov Dickson Urges Rulers To Engage Town Criers To Sensitize People On PVCs

dicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has tasked traditional rulers in the state to engage the services of town criers to further sensitize the people on the importance of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The Governor charged the royal fathers to prevail on their subjects to take advantage of the extension of deadline by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collect their PVCs.

Governor Dickson, made the call at the State Government’s ” Meet the people tour” exercise in Yenagoa Local Government Area.

Dickson said that the call has become imperative, in view of the State Government’s desire to achieve almost 100% collection rate to enable the people exercise their franchise in the forthcoming general elections.

He further noted that the elections would be remarkably different from other elections ever conducted in the country.

The Governor, who visited Biseni, Okordia, Zarama, and Gbarain/Ekpetiama clans of Yenagoa, urged the people to disabuse their minds from apathy and believe in INEC, assuring them that, the elections would be devoid of thuggery and other electoral malpractices.

At Biseni, the Ibedaowei King, Lawson Obireke and his chiefs council specifically thanked Governor Dickson for the assistance he gave to their people during the 2012 great flood and other government projects sited in the area.

Governor Dickson accompanied by his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd), and other ranking government officials, assured the various clans of his administration’s commitment to providing more dividends of democracy within the limits of available resources.

Buhari Vows To Punish Corrupt Leaders If Elected

buhariThe Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), on Wednesday, said his administration would not condone stealing or any form of corrupt practice from public office holders if elected into power.

He made the declaration in Kaduna at the north-west zonal rally of the APC Presidential Campaign Organization .

General Buhari who addressed party supporters in Hausa language, said his government would not witch-hunt past and present corrupt leaders, who are currently facing trials in various courts across the country, but would allow the courts to decide their fate.

He also explained that anybody who is involved in corrupt practice after he assumes office must face the music.

General Buhari however said that another four years of PDP would make it 20 years of poverty, corruption, lack of electricity as well as several challenges militating against the development of the country.

The APC candidate called on all his supporters to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) because that is the only way they can vote out the PDP from power.

State governors, National and State lawmakers and National and State leadership of the party were all in attendance to canvass for support of the people of the zone.

Before the rally, General Buhari had held a town hall meeting with Christian and Muslim leaders in the zone.

There, he assured them that he has no plan to Islamise Nigeria as being alleged by the PDP.

He also promised to tackle corruption and insurgency in the north-east.

Also speaking at the rally, the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi and the party’s National Chairman, John Oyegun, accused the PDP of kicking against the use of card readers because of its intention to rig the election.

They also asked all APC members to stay back at polling stations after casting their votes to ensure their votes count.

APC, PDP In War Of Words Over Plan To Rig Elections

Lai MohammedThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised very strong allegations against the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying PDP is planning to rig the general elections.

At a press conference in Lagos State on Wednesday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lai Mohammed, alleged that the PDP had concluded plans to pay huge sums of money into the bank account of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to taint him so as to remove him from office.

“Ongoing Plan To Sack Professor Jega”

The APC spokesman also alleged that the ruling party had employed the services of two Isrealies and a Belgian, who are Information Technology Specialists, to hack INEC’s systems to rig the polls.

“The handwriting is clear. This administration knows that it cannot win in a free, fair and credible election, because of its appalling record in office. Nigerians want change through the ballot box and they are determined to effect that change with their permanent voter cards.

“There is a plot to transfer a humongous amount of money into the account of the INEC chairman and then claim that the money came from Mr Bola Tinubu and the APC in order to justify the ongoing plan to sack Professor Attahiru Jega so he won’t organise the election,” Mr Mohammed said.

PDP Says Claims Not True

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Mr Femi Fani-kayode says the APC is capable of doing what it accuses the PDP of.

In a swift reaction, the spokesperson for the President Jonathan campaign organisation, Mr Femi Fani-kayode, said there was no truth in the statements made by the APC’s spokesman.

He said the PDP had no plans to rig, neither does it have any motive to implicate anybody in the run up to the polls.

“It is clear that this clear that these claims and allegations are nothing but the paranoid rantings of a paranoid man working for a paranoid party.

“We Are Not Strategising”

“Rather than trying to prepare his master’s mind for the defeat that is coming their way, Lia Mohammed has come again with his verbal diarrhea.

“The truth is that we are not strategising to shift the election date . we are not trying to frame up Jega. We are not planning to do any of the other reprehensible things that they have alleged,” he said.

Since campaigns began, war of words between the two major political parties in the nation had continued to tilt towards the much condemned mudslinging.

Igbo Leaders In Nigeria’s North Seek Violence Free Election

Election ViolenceAhead of the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria,the traditional leaders, Eze Ndiigbo, in the 19 northern states including Abuja, say the unity, indivisibility and peaceful co-existence of all people is not negotiable. 

At a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, they reaffirmed their commitment to the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, creed and religion.

The royal fathers led by the secretary of Eze Ndigbo in the north, Dr Pampas Nwahiwe, who is the Eze-Ndigbo of Niger state, appealed to all Nigerians to eschew violence before, during and after the February elections.

The body also resolved to mobilise their subjects and Kinsmen to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards for the forthcoming general elections, urging all Igbos nationwide to remain in their various states of abode during and after the forthcoming election, saying Nigeria belongs to all.

After the 2011 general elections in Nigeria, there were pockets of post-election violence in the northern part of the oil rich nation that led to loss of lives and property.

The police, the electoral body and other stakeholders in the political sector had held series of meetings with politicians in different states, urging them to play by the rule and keep a non-violence pledge that would ensure that the election would be adjudged free, fair and credible.

Data Centre Raid : APC Challenges DSS To Publish Findings

Data centreThe All Progressives Congress (APC) is telling the Department of State Security Service, DSS, to make public the outcome of its investigations after the alleged raid by the security service on the facility the party claims it uses as a data centre.

The APC on Tuesday said that the DSS should be ready to apologise to Nigerians if the outcome of its investigations does not lead to the claimed cloning of Permanent Voter Cards which were said to be the business carried out at the data centre in Lagos.

The party, in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, said “Any further delay in telling Nigerians the outcome of the investigations, after almost 10 days, could mean that the DSS is trying to manufacture evidence to support its faulty intelligence.”

Meanwhile, the DSS, in a swift response says, “After concluding its investigation, given the scale and magnitude of what has been discovered that would shock Nigerians, we will accordingly inform Nigerians and the world of our findings and the law will take its course.”

In the meantime, the APC has gone to court to seek redress since last week’s purported raid on its office in Lagos.

PVC Issues: 2015 Elections May Be Dead Before Arrival – Soetan

Adeola SoetanAn independent observer of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards and Continuous Voter Registration Exercise conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Adeola Soetan, has said that the poor conduct of the exercise is a signal for poor 2015 elections.

Speaking about his observations on Sunrise Daily, Mr Soetan who is also the coordinator, Democracy Vanguard, noted that the PVC distribution and voter registration “was a failure” in rural communities in Ogun state, where he led a team of observers.

He added that this sent “a dangerous signal to 2015 elections” hence the organisation’s report on the exercise titled “2015 Election May Be Dead Before Arrival” based on the things INEC failed to do.

He disclosed that a group of farmers who had pooled funds to rent a vehicle to convey them to the centre for registration/collection had signified their disinterest in making new attempts at obtaining their cards after the exercise did not hold at the scheduled place and date.

According to Soetan, they did not know where the INEC office was in their local governments.

He further stressed that there was a lot of attention on the urban centres, noting that the exercise was a “mess” in the rural areas.

“If exchanging my temporary voter card to permanent voter card is this difficult, then what’s going to happen when you are going to use card reader”, he asked, arguing that INEC had disenfranchised millions of Nigerians.

Asked if he had sought any explanation from the electoral umpire, Soetan noted that a top INEC official in Lagos, whose identity he kept undisclosed, had admitted to poor preparation on the umpire’s part.

He wondered why INEC, “one of the well funded institutions in Nigeria”, should record such failure, citing “the condition of some of the machines used for the exercise”.

Despite his reservations about INEC’s performance, Soetan said the situation could still be salvaged.

“I want INEC to assure us and demonstrate practically that 2015 would not be disastrous,” he said.

INEC Announces New Dates For Phase 2 Of PVC Distribution, CVR

INEC bannerThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the second phase of its programme of distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) involving 12 states.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Robert Idowu, the PVCs would now be distributed at the polling unit level in the affected states from Friday, August 15, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014; instead of July 18 to July 20 as was earlier scheduled.

At the end of the polling unit level distribution, uncollected PVCs would be taken to respective local government offices of the Commission for subsequent distribution.

CVR in the affected states would also be from Wednesday, August 20, 2014, to Monday, August 25, 2014; instead of July 23 to July 27 as was earlier scheduled.

The states involved in the second phase of the programme are Yobe, Bauchi (North East), Jigawa, Sokoto (North West), FCT, Kwara (North Central), Anambra, Ebonyi (South East), Ondo, Oyo (South West) and Delta, Cross River (South South).

With the rescheduling of Phase 2 of the programme, new dates would be announced later for Phase 3 involving Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Edo and Rivers states.