Group expresses concern about denial of access to PVC collection

An interfaith group raised the alarm on Tuesday about the alleged deliberate denial of access to the electorate to collect their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, based on ethnic or partisan considerations.

According to the group, such deliberate action is an indication of manipulations to disenfranchise citizens who registered for the election.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, the group, ‘Community Life Project/ReclaimNaija’ in collaboration with religious leaders observed that there are sundry lapses in preparation for the forthcoming general elections and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to endeavour “to get it right at the various stages and processes from pre-election to Election Day”.

It also advised INEC to allay the heightened fear that a large percentage of the over six million voters without PVC will be disenfranchised.

The alarm came barely 24 hours after the electoral umpire raised fresh fears that the forthcoming general elections faces serious threats of cancellation and postponement if security challenges across parts of the country fail to improve.

In a prepared text read at the interfaith conference in Abuja, the President of Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev Israel Akanji observed an avalanche of stories of frustration from many Nigerians over the slow process leading to the exercise.

Dr. Akanji, who is also the President of All African Baptist Fellowship, noted with worry that “there are still stories reflecting the old politics of PVC distribution where in some state and LG offices it is said that people are deliberately denied access to their PVCs based on ethnic or partisan considerations, which indicate manipulations to disenfranchise citizens.”


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