Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nigeria: Protesters besiege electoral for second time

For the second time in two days, protesters yesterday staged a protest at national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding for a shift in the elections by two months.

The elections are scheduled as follows: February 14 Presidential and National Assembly election and the February 28 Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election.

The protesters, who came under the aegis of the Coalition of Civil Societies, allege marginalisation of the Southern part of the country in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

They coalition led by Amanda Chisom, said the northern states have received a total of 73 percent of the PVCs, while the southern states have received only 46 percent of the PVCs.

Giving a breakdown, they noted that the North West zone has total registered voters of 18 million and has received 14 million or 75 percent of the distributed PVC, leaving behind 2.6m of voters that are yet to collect their PVCs.

In the North East, the group said that the zone has received 10.4 million registered voters with a 7.4 million of PVC distribution, and 2.9 million eligible voters yet to collect their PVCs, the North Central zone has a total registered voters of 10.5 million with 5.5 million recorded to have collected their PVCs and 5 million said not to have collected their PVCs.

As for the South West, the group said that there is a total registered voters of 13.1 million, out of which 6.4 million or 48.7 percent has received their PVC and 6.7 million yet to collect their PVCs, while in the Southsouth there is a registered voters of 8.9 million, out of which only 3.9 million or 44.1 percent and 4.9 million yet to collect their PVCs.


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