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Nigeria: Reps Want INEC to Release Pending PVCs

The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately embark on the distribution of pending permanent voters’ cards (PVCs).

The House also urged INEC to embark on continuous voter registration, calling on the federal government to ensure the provision of funds for INEC to cope with its enormous responsibilities.

Adopting a motion yesterday by Rep Shadimu Mutiu Alao (APC, Lagos), the House mandated its committee on electoral matters and political parties, as well as that on legislative compliance, to ensure that the resolution was complied with.

In his lead debate, Rep Alao said the manner INEC handled the distribution of PVCs prior to the 2015 elections, disenfranchised millions of Nigerians.

He said while some states got large number of PVCs, others like Lagos, which has millions of voters, got far less “culminating in mass disenfranchisement of eligible voters.”

Meanwhile, the House has passed for second reading, two bills that seek to establish the electoral offences tribunal and commission.

Source:   Daily Trust