The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said that about 60 per cent of eligible voters have collected their Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the 2015 general elections.
He said this on Wednesday in Lagos during the public presentation of the Nigerian media code of conduct for the coverage of the 2015 elections.
Jega said, “INEC registered 73.5 million Nigerians in a period of three weeks for the 2011 elections, we rushed the process. Since then, we have improved on the register. There are challenges in the distribution of voter cards but the challenges have been overblown. Some of the challenges include inability of the contractor to meet deadlines.
“This has also created some negative publicity for INEC. But despite all these, we have done well. For now, we have only Borno and Niger where PVCs have not been distributed. Before February 2015, every Nigerian will have their PVCs. On the average, about 60 per cent of eligible voters have collected their PVCs. There are a lot of challenges, but God’s willing we are on top,” he said.