Anambra: INEC Stops PVCs’ Distribution, Campaigns End Today
The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the end of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the Anambra State governorship election which holds on Saturday
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting in Awka on Tuesday.
He said all those who failed to receive their PVCs would not be allowed to vote on Saturday.
Yakubu also asked all the 37 political parties to begin to prepare to put an end their campaigns as the Electoral Act states that all campaigns must end at least 24 hours before election day.
The INEC boss added, “The two outstanding activities are the last day of campaigns scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 in compliance with Section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act which prohibits adverts of broadcasts campaign 24 hours to the election; and finally, the election day proper, scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017.”
He also rubbished reports that some of the electoral materials had been compromised, adding that the electoral body was not partisan.
The INEC boss said the sensitive materials that would be used in conducting the election were still being kept within the vault of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the deployment of the materials would be witnessed by representatives of all the political parties.
Yakubu said, “The commission is aware of insinuations in certain quarters that sensitive materials for the elections have already been delivered to Anambra State and have already been compromised. This is untrue. I wish to assure all stakeholders that the materials are arriving in Awka in strict compliance with the logistics arrangement for their delivery for elections.”
The INEC chairman said with 2,158, 171 registered voters in the state, the Saturday election was expected to witness the largest turnout in the history of the state.