The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) will be distributed in Borno state on Friday.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Tukur Sa’ad, who made this known in Maiduguri, said the delay was due to the security situation in the state.
This is even as all.the PVCs are yet to arrive from the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said: “We have received a number of PVCs, but the balance is yet to arrive Maiduguri. Hopefully, we will receive our balance in due course, before the commission commences distributing them.”
Sa’ad attributed the non-distribution of PVCs that placed Borno state in the last phase to closure of roads by the military for four days in December last year.
“The closure of entry to Borno state has affected deliveries of PVCs and CVR for internally displaced persons,” said Sa’ad.
He said the distribution of cards and voters’ registers will however be restricted to only 12 council areas, because of Boko Haram insurgency in 15 Local Government Areas of the state.
In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission has insisted it would not distribute Permanent Voter Card in 15 out of the 25 local government areas in Borno State due to the activities of terror sect, Boko Haram.
The activities of Insurgent group, Boko Haram in 15 councils in the state will make it difficult for voting to hold in those areas.
According to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, the affected councils include, Bama, Askira/Uba, Gwoza, Konduga, Chibok, Damboa, Dikwa, Ngala, Abadam, Marte, Mafa, Kukawa and Kala/Balge.
“Since we cannot guarantee the security of INEC and other ad hoc staff in the continuous voter registration and distribution of PVC, the commission is to distribute them in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Jere, Biu, Monguno, Gubio, Magumeri, Mobbar, Kwaya/Kusar, Bayo, Nganzai, Guzamala and Shani councils,” he added.
The REC assured that the commission was working to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) would not be disenfranchised during the elections.
“The closure of entry to Borno State has affected the delivery of PVCs and the CVR for internally displaced persons.
“Legally, PVC can be distributed even on election day; but we want to have a cushion of at least one month; it is achievable. The displaced persons should not entertain fears of being disenfranchised by the commission at their respective camps in the state,” Sa’ad said.