Why are PVCs Missing at INEC Offices? Group Cries Out

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Nigeria's coalition of human rights organizations has raised concerns about the upcoming 2023 general elections, scheduled for February.

The organizations, which held a press conference on Friday, highlighted issues such as missing permanent voter cards (PVCs) and inadequate voter education, which they said could lead to manipulation by unscrupulous politicians.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was advised to ensure free and fair elections and intensify efforts to deliver a smooth and credible vote.

The organizations also warned the judiciary against granting court orders or judgments that could potentially disrupt the election process.

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Voters' Card - PVCs

Tashilani said, “Adequate voter education is the solution for delivering free, fair and credible elections. Moreover, such education equips voters with knowing their rights and responsibilities. However, our investigation has shown that such education embarked upon by INEC is inadequate.

“They are even non-existent in some other places, leaving the voters vulnerable and at the mercy of unscrupulous politicians who tend to take advantage of the situation.

“The difficulties voters undergo to collect their PVCs are unbearable. Aside from the difficulties of locating one PVC, they are also reports of missing PVCs.

“Despite the difficulties INEC faces in discharging their responsibilities, we urge them to intensify more efforts to ensure they deliver to the people a free and fair election by February, 2023.”

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