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PVC assortment: Labour Celebration raises alarm over alleged irregularities by INEC officers

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Forward of the February elections, the Labour Celebration has raised the alarm alleging some irregularities by officers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, whereas distributing the Everlasting Voters Card, PVC.

In a press release issued and made accessible to DAILY POST by the Chief Spokesperson of the Obi/Datti marketing campaign council, Dr Yunusa Tanko, the occasion expressed concern that with the present scenario throughout all of the PVC assortment centres within the nation, a number of Nigerians could also be disenfranchised within the coming elections.

In accordance with the spokesperson, the stories the marketing campaign council is receiving nationwide concerning the ineptitude of INEC employees “is disheartening and irritating most PVC collectors”.

“We have now acquired stories from all of the geo-political zones in Nigeria and the messages are all the identical, individuals complaining of the snail tempo at which the PVCs are being dispatched to collectors,” he stated.

In accordance with the election timetable which is in accordance with Part 28(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections have been scheduled to carry on February 25, whereas the governorship and state assemblies election will probably be held on March 22.

Wanting on the closeness of the election, the occasion lamented that many Nigerians who registered for the PVCs “are nonetheless discovering it troublesome to gather their voter’s playing cards.”

“If you happen to take a detailed take a look at the INEC timetable, you’ve lower than 12 days left for assortment of PVCs. Individuals go and queue for hours out of about 500 PVC collectors; solely 20 or lower than 50 individuals will probably be given their playing cards in wards designated for assortment.

“What sort of miracle is INEC going to carry out that may guarantee Nigerians get their PVCs inside this brief interval if there’s no sinister motive beneath?

“The method for assortment began on December twelfth and is anticipated to finish on Sunday the twenty second of January but on the market throughout the nation lots of our members are complaining that the method is cumbersome and INEC employees leisurely stroll out and in of the wards.

“They resume by 9am and shut by 3pm and from info reaching us the INEC employees most often resume as from 11am each day.

“Right now is the eleventh of January and by the twenty second of this month the method will collapse, what’s going to be the destiny of those that couldn’t get their voter card?

“We have now stated in several fora that under no circumstances ought to any Nigerian be denied his inalienable rights to forged their votes.

“INEC ought to open up on these intentionally designed weak operations to Nigerians earlier than individuals begin believing the apex electoral physique has a hidden script unknown to us”.