Election

PVC: INEC records over 73 percent distribution rate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has attained more than 73 per cent distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) nationwide.

Mr Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega said``as at Feb. 13, we had about 73 per cent distribution which weighed beyond 50 million and it is still ongoing.''

He added that the commission was consulting and working with security agencies through the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, to ensure that peaceful elections were conducted on the rescheduled dates.
``The commission has been doing that and it will keep consulting with the security agencies,`` he added.

Idowu also announced that the commision would not accept new nominations of candidates from any political party in spite of rescheduling the general elections.

The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) had on Sunday requested that INEC should accommodate its presidential candidate, Mrs Helen Godswill, on the basis of postponement of the elections.

The party had explained that nomination forms of its presidential and National Assembly candidates were delayed following the it's negotiation with INEC over leadership crisis.

Idowu said accommodating new candidates for the elections now was impossible, because the rescheduled timetable did not cover closed issues in the former timetable.

If you look at the amended timetable, it does not go back to closed issues like nomination of candidates. The commission has equally printed ballot papers, so what happens to the ballot papers, should they be destroyed? The rescheduling was made under the provisions of the law that caters for emergencies,'' he said

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