In its efforts to address the complaints arising from inability of eligible voters to register or obtain voter cards ahead of the 2015 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, announced the rescheduling of the ongoing exercises in seven states of the country.
According to the commission, the production of Permanent Voter Cards and preparation for Continuous Voter Registration will take place in six states and remaining nine LGs in Lagos State, where the exercise has not taken place.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said the decision was reached after a meeting with leaders of 22 registered political parties from Niger, Katsina, Rivers, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Borno as well as nine LGs in Lagos State that were left out in the recently concluded third phase of the programme.
“At the meeting with political party leaders, the commission presented a progress report on the production of PVCs and explained lingering challenges necessitating a readjustment in the previously announced schedule for distribution of the cards and CVR in the outstanding states”, the statement said.
To ensure effective distribution of PVCs and mitigate difficulties encountered in the previous phases, INEC rescheduled the exercises to hold as follows:
In Rivers and Nasarawa states and remaining nine LGs in Lagos PVC Distribution has been slated for between Friday, November 28 and Sunday, November 30 2014 while CVR will take place between Wednesday, December 3 and Monday, December 8 2014.