INEC raises alarm over PVCs, says 8 million yet to be collected

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– Eight million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by Nigerians

– This was made known by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu

– Yakubu was speaking to selected journalists in Lagos recently

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has revealed that eight million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) are pending in various INEC offices around the nation, as some Nigerians are yet to collect theirs.

INEC boss, Professor Yakubu Mahmood

INEC boss, Professor Yakubu Mahmood

Speaking to selected journalists in Lagos recently, Professor Yakubu also decried the absence of effective laws to prosecute electoral offenders.

According to him, the non-prosecution of electoral offenders is one of the factors hindering smooth conduct of elections in Nigeria.

He also noted that only a small fraction of election offenders have been successfully prosecuted in the country.

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His words: “One of the challenges facing us as a commission is the problem we face in prosecuting election offenders.

“While the police can prosecute those involved in Ballot Box snatching and the likes, what have we done to the real politicians behind such practice?

“Don’t forget again that some of our staff can also collaborate with politicians to try and upturn the wish of the people but we shall continue to plead with the relevant government agencies to strengthen our laws pertaining to the prosecution of  electoral  offenders.”

Speaking on the causes of inconclusive elections which has characterised his tenure in office, Professor Yakubu identified threats of violence and over-voting as the major reasons for inconclusive elections.

 “Every vote in Nigeria must count and every polling unit must account. What they do at the polling units must be recognised and respected,” Professor Yakubu added.

Giving his score card on elections held under his watch, Professor Yakubu said the commission had concluded about 137 elections, 80 of which were rerun and the rest were isolated polls like the Kogi and Bayelsa states elections, including also, the recent council elections in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Last week, Professor Yakubu said he cannot guarantee that the 2019 elections will be conclusive.

The INEC boss based his projection on the challenges and malpractices that have marred elections both in the past and in recent times.

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Similarly, INEC national commissioner and chairman of the Board of the Electoral Institute (BEI), Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari recently hit back at the critics of the commission over the high number of inconclusive elections under its watch.

Zakari who is a former acting chairman of INEC, argued that inconclusive elections are as a result of a strengthened electoral process which is robust and has progressed steadily.

 

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