The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the decentralisation of on-going distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to Ward levels, in order to enhance access by persons yet to collect their cards.
Before now, the distribution was done at the local government offices of the Commission since the end of distribution at the polling unit level. But distribution of the PVCs will henceforth be at Ward level nationwide.
The Commission, at its meeting on Thursday, January 8th, 2015, resolved that the period for distribution of the cards should be extended. Registered voters who are yet to collect their cards can now do so from 8. 30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily.
Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu said Resident Electoral Commissioners had been mandated to set up effective monitoring strategies and ensure that the specified hours were strictly complied with by relevant INEC staff.
As part of preparations for the next month’s general elections, INEC is to issue/publish the Register of Voters to be used for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections on Tuesday, January 13th 2015.
This is a crucial milestone on the journey to the 2015 General Elections. Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides that the Register of Voters for an election shall be published at least thirty (30) days before the elections.
The 2015 General Elections will take place on 14th and 28th February 2015.
Also, the Timetable And Schedule of Activities for the 2015 General Elections released to the public on 24th January 2014 shows under item 10, that the Commission shall release/publish the official Register of Voters for the election on 13thJanuary 2015.
By the same token, the Commission shall publish the list of nominated candidates contesting for the Presidency and National Assembly on 13th January 2015. The list of those contesting for the offices of governor and House of Assembly would be published on 27th January 2015.
In the meantime, provisional figures released by the Commission’s Voter Registry Department shows that as at 7th January 2015, INEC had received a total of 54,341,610 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs); it had distributed 38,774,219 PVCs nation-wide and had a balance of 15,567,219 which are yet to be collected. The percentage of PVCs distributed nation-wide by the Commission as at 7th January 2015 has attained 71.35%.