A group, All Nigerians Welfare Alliance Initiative (ANWAI), has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the collection of the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) to March 20. Following the postponement of the general elections, the INEC had extended the collection of the PVCs to March 8, 2015 to enable more Nigerians participate in the forthcoming elections.
But Speaking yesterday in Abuja, the National Coordinator of ANWAI, Chief Daniel Ekwevi, said in the build up to the cancelled February 14 presidential election, the group noticed that more than 60 percent of southerners were yet to receive their PVCs, notwithstanding the efforts of many.
The group also said it witnessed the exodus of non-indigenes from the northern part of the country, noting that the tension was very high, and more than 20 million Nigerians could have been disenfranchised. Commending INEC for the postponement of the elections, the group said it understood that more than 14 million Nigerians were yet to collect their PVCs.
The group further said INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had recently admitted that INEC was still waiting for the arrival of more than one million PVCs in the country. It said there were complaints about INEC and the card reader, insisting that for these reasons, the collection of the PVCs must be extended.
The group also appealed to the elite and leaders in the country to refrain from further statements and comments that would heighten the situation and create tension and fear in the minds of Nigerians.
Source: The Sun