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Plateau CAN protests non-availability, unequal distribution of PVCs



THE Plateau State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed dissatisfaction over the non-availability and unequal distribution of Permanent voter Cards (PVC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

  State Chairman of CAN, Soja Bewarang, and other senior clergymen in the state led members of the association to the state headquarters of INEC yesterday in protest, where he told the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Godwin Kwanga, and other principal members of the commission that if the anomaly was not corrected, the entire process could be globally condemned.

   Bewarang lamented that many people who live close to one another were going through different experiences in the collection of their PVCs, adding that the situation required urgent attention to enable people exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections.

   “We are therefore worried, to say the least, and can even hazard a comment and further insist that we smell a rat,” he said. 

   “If not, how can INEC explain that a section of people living within the same neighbourhood and divided only by artificially constructed boundary lines are recipients of unfair treatment by the same organ whose code of ethics is neutrality, equal treatment, transparency, justice, as well as openness and fairness in all its transactions?”

   Responding, the REC, Kwanga, said the commission was making concerted efforts to ameliorate the situation, adding that the association’s apprehension was genuine and understandable.

   He noted that the commission had not received PVCs for Jos North and Langtang North councils, as well as Naraguta B Ward, and would give out them as soon as all were ready, instead of giving them out in batches. He denied insinuations that INEC in Plateau was biased in the distribution of the cards. 

APC senatorial candidate confident

Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Plateau North district, Mrs. Eunice Ayisa Sambo, says the country belongs to all citizens, therefore everybody has constitutional right to stand for any elective office at any level.

   Sambo told the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Jos when asked if she had been under pressure to step down for Governor Jonah Jang, who is also contesting the same seat, that there had not been pressure from any quarters from the time she started her campaigns up to the moment. 

   On power of incumbency, she said she is not intimidated, even though the governor is vying for the same position, adding: “People stand election, there is a winner and a loser. Either way, I am trying with it. It is worth trying.



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