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10 Days to Elections, 500,000 PVCs are Yet to be Printed

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With barely 10 days left to the elections, INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, has disclosed that 500,000 copies of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) are yet to be printed.

Jega revealed the news on Wednesday at a dialogue session he had with the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja, Vanguard reports.

He explained that an Abuja firm entrusted with printing and delivering the voters’ cards still have an outstanding 500,000 cards to produce because they had run out of “blank cards” for the production.

Describing the development as “regrettable,” he assured Nigerians that all PVCs to be used for the forthcoming elections would be ready for distribution before Sunday.

“I want to further assure Nigerians that anybody who has registered and has the PVC will be allowed to vote. We have done our best to look at every aspect and angle. We have tried to see what improvements that can be brought about so that the 2015 election will be free, fair and credible. Though our deadline would have expired by Sunday, we have concluded plans for targeted distribution of the remaining PVCs. All the new cards that are taken in this last phase are to be distributed at the polling unit level,” he said.

9 Comments

  1. mabel

    March 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I don’t understand this guy. I try to but still can’t. Why can’t people with temp card use it for God’s sake? 500k is no joke. This is so unfair. Deliberately disenfranchising people. Simply tell those without the pvc to come with their tvc. Why people will not look at this guy is beyond me. He almost conducted an election few weeks ago for crying out loud. 10 days to election and 500k pvcs not printed. It’s a pity.

    • bb

      March 20, 2015 at 2:18 am

      This Jega is another nuisance.

  2. o

    March 19, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Still yet to get my PVC after like 8 trips to the pickup location, PU and INEC LGA office, though my husband has gotten his and we registered together, same PU, same everything. Will check again for the last time tomorrow. fingers crossed

  3. adelegirl

    March 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I am really quite disappointed in Prof Jega and INEC especially with the way they have mismanaged the printing and distribution of PVCs. I however do not think he should be fired. He should stay and conduct these elections but should seriously consider resigning afterwards.

  4. Reverse

    March 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    So why then are they insisting on disenfranchising people if they have not printed 500k PVCS? What’s the big argument against TVCS since they have failed to provide legitimate voters their Pvcs? There’s also the issue of card readers rejecting some PVCS. They said they’d use incidence reports in such cases which to me is an easy route to rigging! Let people use their TVCS and register of voters. He claimed to be ready months ago. It would have been just chaos if the elections had held in February. Let’s remove partisanship and look at issues objectively

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      I know that you are GEJ supporter but just a bit of correction: the card readers got 100% on verification of INEC PVC cards. They rejected cloned PVC cards. The problem was with fingerprints that may have been dirty, scratched, etc.

  5. Sade

    March 19, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Imagine

  6. Sunshine

    March 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Failure is what you get when you award contracts to your cronies instead of competent companies . What the hell has Jega being doing all these years in preparation for the election materials?. He should have ensured that all needed materials are in at least 2months prior to election dates. He is a sloppy leader who was appointed by an incompetent president.

  7. NagosBigBoi

    March 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Did anyone notice that it said that a Nigerian company was supposed to print it. This is what has been going on in Nigeria. Because of the national content (NCD) law nigerian companies have to get these contracts. However, because of man know man and corruption even companies that have no clue how to do what they are bidding for get the contracts. The local companies that can deliver suffer.

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