President Goodluck Jonathan has given Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, the marching order to ensure all registered Nigerians get their permanent voters cards to enable them vote their preferred candidates in the February elections.
Criticisms, lamentations and anger have continued to trail the distribution of the permanent voters cards (PVC) to Nigerians by INEC with many accusing the commission of deliberatly planning to disenfranchise them from voting in the coming elections.
The President gave the order when he swore in the new INEC commissioner, Prof. Akinola Murtala Salau, National Commissioner representing Oyo State and member of the commission.
This is even as Jega has responded that all registered Nigerians would get their PVC before the election date of February 14.
President Jonathan said the whole world had been watching INEC to see if it could deliver credible elections, noting that a situation where Nigerians including highly placed individuals especially governors were complaining of not having their voters cards was not acceptable. Jonathan, who said he was happy about the level of awareness of Nigerians demanding for their voters cards, noted that before 2011 Nigerians did not care about voters cards, but his administration as a result of its commitment and determination has sanitised the electoral process enough to raise awareness of Nigerians on their rights to vote. The President, who said no matter what the critics of his administration might say, they could not take the glory of the sanitisation of the electoral process.