Election Shift: PVC Collection, Campaigns ‘Remain Closed’ – INEC Chairman

Election Shift: PVC Collection, Campaigns 'Remain Closed' – INEC Chairman
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, with other officials at a briefing in the early hours of Saturday, just before the Commission announced the postponement of the general elections. Photo: ChannelsTV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no going back on its decision on electioneering campaigns in the country.

This is according to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on the general elections in Abuja.

The electoral umpire called the meeting to address political parties and others following the postponement of the polls initially scheduled to commence on Saturday.

Will campaign resume? Campaigns closed at midnight of Thursday last week and for the period that remains, campaigns will remain closed,” Professor Yabuku said in response to a question about whether campaigns would resume or not.

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He explained that in addition to the issues of campaigns, there is no plan to resume the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) for the electorate.

According to the INEC boss, all the other processes as provided for in the main timetable and schedule of activities will remain in force.

 

He further responded to a question from a party chairman who asked why the commission refused to apologise to Nigerians who had waited patiently for the elections.

Professor Yabuku noted that he had done this “in the last paragraph of my statement”, although he did not use “exactly the same adjective”.

He said the staff of the electoral body under his leadership were public officers accountable to the Nigerian people.

The INEC boss said their first responsibility was to protect the interest of the public and vowed that they would take the responsibility seriously.

On my behalf as chairman and on behalf of the commissioners, we regret what happened yesterday, or early this morning,” he pleaded.

On why they waited until the early hours of Saturday before announcing the shift, Professor Mahmood explained that INEC was confident that the polls would go on as scheduled.

“For three days, since Wednesday, many of the commissioners, including myself have virtually been sleeping in Abuja Airport,” he lamented.

We mobilised all national assets to ensure that we deliver what remains of electoral logistics to locations and to conduct the elections,” he said.

PDP Urges INEC To Be Unbiased In Sharing Of PVC

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to take advantage of the extension of the deadline for collection by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to get their cards ahead of next Saturday’s crucial presidential election.

The party also urged INEC field officers not to pitch themselves against Nigerians with any action that could portray them as deliberately refusing to issue the PVCs to registered voters.

In a statement by PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party said the collection of PVCs is of utmost national importance to Nigerians.

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Ologbondiyan in his statement on Friday, said Nigerians are so eager for the election that anything which appears to be in the way of their aspiration could lead to unpalatable reactions with very dire consequences.

He asked INEC officials charged with the responsibility of distributing the PVCs to conduct themselves in a manner that is not only neutral but also publicly seen to be neutral and transparent.

“Such INEC officers should note that Nigerians have become so politically aware that they could easily identify acts that tend to compromise the credibility of the electoral process,” the PDP spokesman noted.

INEC Extends Deadline For PVC Collection

 

The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), has extended collection of Permanent Voter Cards to Monday, February 11, 2019.

Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, made the announcement on Friday, during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners.

With the general elections just days from now, the Commission had announced that the deadline for the collection of PVCs will be today, Friday.

The decision to extend the date was, however, reached after the RECs gave situation reports on the collection of PVCs in their respective states.

Professor Yakubu had stated at an earlier meeting that millions of PVCs were yet to be collected.

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Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Channels Television, Yakubu said the Commission had expunged over 1000 fake PVCs identified in the country.

He said, “We have liaised with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS ) and they have done a fantastic job in confiscating cards where there are PVCs from aliens who registered. Remember the law says it is only Nigerians who are entitled to register and vote in our elections.

“I think now we have well over a thousand cards. The last batch submitted was well over 600 cards of aliens who registered and we have registered those from the register.”

The INEC boss also explained that the commission has established a good relationship with the Immigration to identify foreigners who may want to disguise as citizens to vote during the elections.

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The Rivers State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) has arraigned two INEC officials before a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt for allegedly stealing and selling 3,097 permanent voter cards (PVCs) in the custody of INEC.

Both officials in Opobo Nkoro Opobo Nkoro Local Government Area of the State and a Politician were arraigned on Thursday.

Also arraigned was a 25-year-old man allegedly for impersonating an INEC official and defrauding persons by promising them jobs after paying the sum of N3,800 Naira into an account.

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#IGotMyPVC: Nigerians Continue Countdown To General Elections With Twitter Display

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With a few days to the end of the PVC collection, Nigerians have shown their readiness in contributing to the process of electing a President to lead the nation for another four years.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed February 8 as the last day for the collection of the Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).

Less than two weeks to the general elections, electorates took to Twitter to display their PVCs and stressing the importance of being part of the selection process.

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As it stands, the prospective winners in the polls are expected to be sworn in on May 29, 2019.

However, the date is bound to change should the Executive and Legislative arms of government finalise the process of making June 12 the new Democracy Day in Nigeria.

Don’t forget to join the trend by tweeting a picture of yourself holding your PVC @Channelstv

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General Elections: We’ve Removed Over 1,000 Illegal PVCs From Voter System, Says INEC

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission has expunged over 1000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) discovered from illegal aliens in the country.

Yakubu stated this during an interview with on Channels Television where he spoke on the INEC’s preparedness to properly clean up the voter register ahead of the February 16 presidential election.

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“We have liaised with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS ) and they have done a fantastic job in confiscating cards where there are PVCs from aliens who registered. Remember the law says it is only Nigerians who are entitled to register and vote in our elections.

“I think now we have well over a thousand cards. The last batch submitted was well over 600 cards of aliens who registered and we have registered those from the register.”

The INEC boss explained that the commission has established a good relationship with the Immigration to identify foreigners who may want to disguise as citizens to vote during the elections.

Speaking on the voter register, Yakubu stated that he had sent the complete copy of the national register of voters.

Uncollected PVCs Set Ablaze At INEC LGA Office In Abia

 

Thousands of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards have been set ablaze by unknown persons who broke into the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abia State on Sunday.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Joseph Iloh, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

According to him, the attackers broke in through the window of the office and set ablaze about 15,000 uncollected PVCs, as well as the register containing the list of all registered voters.

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Iloh, however, said that the Commission has the authentic list of registered voters at its headquarters in Umuahia, the state capital.

The Police, on the other hand, say they are investigating the matter and the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book.

The incident is coming just days to the general elections.

 

INEC Says 425,252 PVCs Yet To Be Collected In Adamawa

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised an alarm over the large number of uncollected Permanent Voters Cards in Adamawa State.

According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Kassim Gaidam,
out of over a million registered voters 425, 252 people were yet to collect their PVCs, a situation he said had become a serious concern to the Commission.

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He said this on Wednesday, during an interactive session with religious leaders in Yola, the state capital.

Gaidam, therefore, appealed to the leaders to urge their members who were yet to collect theirs to do so as soon as possible.

He also stated that INEC has approved the distribution of the voter cards at the ward level.

How INEC Can Tackle ‘PVC Buying’ In General Elections – Saraki

How INEC Can Tackle 'PVC Buying' In General Elections – Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki (file)

 

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has recommended steps to take in addressing the issue of politicians allegedly plotting to buy Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) in the general elections.

He advised the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately call a meeting of stakeholders in the coming polls.

Senator Saraki gave the advice on Thursday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

The meeting, he noted, should be convened with the sole aim of formulating plans and ideas on how to render useless the intention of the purported politicians with intention of buying PVCs.

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“We have continued to maintain that manipulation of election results does not start and end on Election Day,” the Senate President was quoted as saying in the statement.

“It starts long before the day and goes on even after the declaration of results.”

He added, “That is why we have to continually be vigilant and once we identify any threat to free, fair and transparent conduct of a credible election like the INEC chairman has done, all stakeholders must put heads together to block the loopholes.”

Saraki who condemned the plot to purchase PVCs as alleged urged the INEC boss not to stop at raising the alarm.

He, however, asked Professor Yakubu to immediately devise a water-tight arrangement to make futile the efforts of such unscrupulous politicians.

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The lawmakers decried that the development constitutes a major threat to the successful conduct of the 2019 Polls, as it can become the single factor to decide where victory swings in the election.

“All stakeholders must come up fast with a solution to render useless the antics of those who intend to procure voter’s cards,” he maintained.

“We all need to put our heads together and I am sure that such a stakeholders’ meeting will not only nip in the bud the looming danger, it will also engender general confidence in the system and create a system in which all stakeholders become problem solvers.”

Senator Saraki said that in the next six weeks, preceding the first set of elections and immediately after the elections, it was important for INEC to devise an arrangement in which it would constantly consult with stakeholders to identify issues affecting the process and how to find joint solutions to them.

Rush For PVC: People Always Leave Things Till The Last Minute

Mr Solomon Soyebi

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says while it extended the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration, it observed that many Nigerians tend to wait until the last minute before getting things done.

INEC’s National Commissioner of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Solomon Soyebi, said this on Monday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

According to him, the commission registered over a million persons within the two-week deadline extension which eventually came to an end on August 31.

“The truth is even if we leave this (CVR) till the eve of the elections, we will still have such (rush) in Nigeria because people will always leave things till the last minute,” he said.

INEC had extended the Continuous Voter Registration exercise by two weeks, following various complaints by Nigerians such as inefficiency of the machines and distance to registration centers.

Soyebi explained that the commission took the complaints into consideration and expanded its operations.

“What we did was to expand our operations. We extended the time till 5:00 pm but we did not increase the number of machines. Even with that, we had a lot of people that came out. We captured more than one million in two weeks,” he said.

He, however, expressed concerns that while large numbers had turned out for the exercise, the number of young people who registered may have been lesser than expected.

“Even with the expansion of the centers, what we discovered was that people were always rushing.

“Our major fear is that are we really capturing people who are supposed to be captured? We were expecting people who are 19 years since 1999 and those who missed the opportunity. But it seems as if we have more of people who missed the opportunity,” he stated.

According to him, the commission now has about 150 days to embark on post-registration activities ahead of next year’s polls.

Ayade Encourages Youths To Take Advantage Of PVC Extension

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The Cross River State Government has encouraged youths across the state who are yet to register for their Permanent Voters Cards to take full advantage of the extension of the registration time by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The state Governor, Ben Ayade, who presently has over 70% of his appointees as young people, said the voters’ card remains the only tool with which the youths can unanimously entrench good governance.

At a conference in Calabar the state capital, the governor, represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Asu Okang, reiterated the commitment of his administration in the establishment of policies that would create an enabling environment for the youths to thrive.


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He noted that the government had engaged thousands of young people in different sectors of the economy through its multi-sectoral youth program and therefore, urged them to remain law-abiding in order to enjoy more benefits.

INEC announced the extension of the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration by two weeks on August 14.

It said although August 17 was initially fixed to end the CVR in order to have enough time to make all necessary preparations before 2019, the decision to extend it came after several appeals by Nigerians.

National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Mohammed Kudu Haruna, in a statement explained that as at August 11, the Commission had registered an additional 12, 139,061 new voters and the exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres until August 31.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has extended the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration by two weeks.

This was announced on Tuesday in a statement by National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Mohammed Kudu Haruna.

According to him, INEC had initially fixed August 17 to end the CVR in order to have enough time to make all necessary preparations before 2019 but after several appeals by Nigerians, the extension was considered.

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He said as at August 11, the Commission had registered an additional 12, 139,061 new voters and the exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres until August 31.

Registration will take place every day between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm except on public holidays.

Meanwhile, the commission also announced that it had registered 23 new political parties bringing the total number of parties to 91.

Some of the parties include: The Advanced Alliance Party, Liberation Movement, Save Nigeria Congress, United Patriots, Youth Party, We The People Nigeria, among others. See Full List Here