ABUJA — DIRECTOR- General,Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to allow the electorate, who participated in the 2011 elections, use their temporary voters’ cards in case they could not get their permanent voters cards.
Why we should use TVCs —Ali
Ali said there is need to allow voters use TVCs against the backdrop that the commission was introducing a new methodology in the entire process.
He said INEC was not prepared for the election, adding that the problems were monumental and would have made the commission fail monumentally.
He said yesterday that the PDP and its Presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, were querying the INEC for the aberration in the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, with Borno State having more than Lagos State.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Ali, who noted that the shift in the dates of the general elections from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11 had saved the INEC from monumental embarrassment, asked the electoral umpire to explain the rational behind insurgency-ravaged Borno State registering more PVC collections than Lagos State that is peaceful and more populous.
Ali spoke as the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) applied to be joined in the suit seeking for temporary voters cards (TVCs) to be used in the 2015 general polls.
He said: “We are querying the INEC for some aberration in the distribution of PVCs. How can Borno State which is under siege register more PVC collections than Lagos State? The INEC might have allowed its distribution of these cards to be tampered with.
“We hope that INEC will now use the extra time it has given itself to perfect its methodology. For example, the card readers need to be tried and tested during training of its operators.
“I gave an interview over two weeks ago and I said the problem we are facing is monumental and INEC may fail monumentally. My suggestion was that if you have your TVC they should allow you to use your TVC. If you voted in 2011 and you have the old voters’ card they should allow you to use it because this is the first time they are introducing this methodology and we have not mastered it.”