The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed it has produced Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for every enlisted voters between 2017 & 2018 & they are prepared for accumulation.
INEC director, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, unveiled this yesterday, December 21, in Abuja after the swearing-in of the new secretary to the agency, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
Yakubu additionally said that all PVCs of the individuals who asked for substitution & migration of their cards in front of 2019 general poll, had likewise been printed & prepared for accumulations.
”The commission has printed all PVCs for new registrants between April 27, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018.”
We have additionally produced every one of the substitute for missing one, all application for exchange & migrations.
”The last batch that we printed were for those who applied for transfer and relocation, and those who applied for replacement of damaged and defaced cards.”
”This will be delivered immediately after the Christmas break. So we are happy to say that all 14.5 million or so new registered voters have their cards printed and delivered to the states. So we are good to go on that,” Yakubu stated.
Yakubu, who likewise talked on the progressing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and its impacts on the 2019 general poll, said that the agency would meet with the association head in tertiary establishments for a path ahead.
The INEC administrator said that the continuous strike was troubling as the agency additionally garnered a portion of its decision impromptu staff from the tertiary organizations.
”The bulk of the ad hoc staff will be drawn from the National Youth Service Corps members but where there is shortfall, and obviously there would be shortfall, we rely on the universities.”
”Remember we also rely on the universities to draw our collation and returning officers.”
”So the ongoing strike is worrisome in case some of them say because of the ongoing strike they will not participate in the elections.”
”But the ASUU has been good friend of the commission and we intend to meet with the President of the ASUU next week so that we can discuss and iron this out.”
”We will also extend it to the lecturers of polytechnics and colleges of education so that we will meet with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and all other unions in the tertiary education sub-sectors,” the executive said.