ELECTION UPDATE: Preparations On Course – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says preparations for the conduct of free, fair and credible governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states as well as the 2015 general elections are on course.

Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman made this known in a press statement detailing the commission’s distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as well as conduct of its Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise for the benefit of Nigerians who just turned 18 years old.

According to the statement, PVCs are being produced by INEC for voters whose biometric data including the record of at least two fingerprints from each hand were captured during the general registration in 2011.

The CVR, on the other hand, is primarily targeted at persons who turned 18 years since the general registration of 2011, as well as those who were 18 years at the time yet did not present themselves for registration.

It is also an opportunity for persons who were registered in 2011 and were issued the Temporary Voter Card (TVC), but who for whatever reason did not find their names on the biometric Register of Voters or did not have the PVC printed for them, to come out and get re-registered.

In Ekiti and Osun states, the PVCs were distributed simultaneously from Friday, 7th March, 2014 to Sunday, 9th March, 2014; while the CVR was conducted from Wednesday, 12th March, 2014 to Monday, 17th March, 2014 according to the statement.

In other states across the country where distribution of PVCs and Continuous Voter Registration are upcoming, the INEC statement advised previously registered persons to use the display of the Register of Voters that will precede CVR to double-check their names on the register.

According to the statement, the Commission however noted with regret, the persisting tendency towards impunity by some politicians and their supporters in the electoral process. It advised politicians to abide at all times by relevant rules and codes of ethics, and also persuade their supporters to do likewise.