Professor Attahiru Jega Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that next month’s elections will hold as planned.
Jega reacted to a call made by the Sambo Dasuki National Security Adviser (NSA) that the elections be rescheduled because so many eligible voters may be disenfranchised because they may not get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) before the election time.
Dasuki, Thursday in London urged INEC to postpone the polls, but Jega said INEC remains ready to go ahead with the elections as planned. Jega gave the assurance at the launch of Mitigation Of Violence In Elections (MOVE) project by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES in Abuja.
Jega also informed that over 40 million cards have been made available and assured that the remaining PVCs will be delivered before the end of January. He attributed the delay in distributing the PVCs to the late registration of eligible voters during the continuous voters registration, CVR, exercise.
Corroborating Jega’s optimism is Kayode Idowu the Commission’s spokesperson, who was quoted by P.M.NEWS Paper to have said that INEC was working hard to make the PVCs available to all registered voters. Idowu stated that the NSA has not officially written to INEC on why he wants the elections postponed.