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40 Million Permanent Voters Cards Not Ready


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to take delivery of the 40million permanent voter cards it contracted for production. This is to correct the erroneous report in some of today's dailies that the cards are ready, and that the

Commission has the cards in its kitty.
What the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, said on Wednesday when course participants from the Defence Intelligence School, Abuja, visited INEC was that the Commission had contracted out the production of the first batch of 40 million permanent voter cards, and hopes that all registered voters would have been issued Permanent Voter Cards before the end of 2013.

His words, inter alia : 'Our hope is that by 2015, we will not only have a very credible register for the election, which will have been updated through continuous voter registration process, we will also have been able to provide all Nigerians who had registered with a Permanent Voter Card - a Permanent voter Card which has an electronic chip, and which will enable us, using Card readers at polling units, to ensure 100 per cent authentication. This is to ensure that only the people who are legitimate owners of those cards are allowed to vote in the elections.

'This is what we've been working on and a lot of progress has been made in that regard. And our hope is that by the end of 2013, every registered voter will have been given a Permanent Voter Card in readiness for the 2015 election. We've gone very far, we are already producing the first batch which is about 40million out of the 73.5million voters who have been registered.'

From the foregoing, it is evident that no claim of the 40million Permanent Voter Cards being ready, or having been received by INEC, was made.

Kayode Idowu
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

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