June 17, 2014

PVCs: We’re not playing pranks – INEC

PVCs: We’re not playing pranks – INEC

THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has faulted remarks that the commission was playing pranks with the collection of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).

Speaking with Vanguard, the Public Relations Officer of INEC in Ekiti, Mr Taiwo Gbadegesin, dismissed the remarks and assured that duly registered voters in Ekiti State, will be given their PCVs.

Gbadegesin said: “We took delivery of the Permanent Voters Card and as we took delivery, we took them to the local government area offices and they started distribution last Saturday. For two days, they have been distributed at the ward levels but subsequent distributions will be at the local government levels.

As at Saturday and Sunday, distributions were at designated centres in all the wards and local government area offices. The distribution has continued and the Resident Electoral Officer monitored the distribution within and outside Ado Ekiti. The turn out was not impressive in some areas, while in some areas, people turned out to collect their PVCs.”

Speaking further, he said: “It is only those that registered that would collect their PVCs but you do not expect 100 per cent collection. Even those who claimed to have lost their temporary voters card were allowed to collect with the issuance of identification forms. I do not know what else the politicians want, they have their cunning way of doing things but we did not allow them to overshadow us.”

Asked when the collection of the PVCs would be over, he said “we cannot stop because the directive must come from the national headquarters. Whenever they say we should stop, we will stop but as I am talking to you, the distribution is still ongoing at the local government area offices. What we did was that we did not allow the politicians to collect the PVCs by proxy.”