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2019: PDP Express Displeasure Over Plans By INEC To Hold Accreditation, Voting At The Same Time



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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC‘s insistence on allowing accreditation and voting to go simultaneously on election day has been seriously condemned by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Oseloka Obaze, Chairman of Atiku/Obi Campaign Council in Anambra, expressed the worry to the media in Awka yesterday.

He said the new decision would allow manipulation as neither parties nor observers would be able to monitor the election process effectively.

Naija News recalls that CUPP and IPAC had also earlier disagreed with INEC over some of the guidelines listed by the electoral body for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

Obaze said, “Part of the guidelines issued by INEC on Monday remain contentious, part of it is the issue of simultaneous accreditation and voting.

“It is a challenge because if you continue to accredit and vote, at the end of the day the agents are not sure of how many people were accredited and how many people voted.

“But doing accreditation differently to a certain point will enable us to know the number of people that were accredited and the agents can sign it off and agree on it, this will protect the sanctity of the process.

“Leaving it open-ended gives room for manipulation, but we also wish to commend the expunging of the voting points.”

Obaze said INEC should deploy more energy to the last lap of Permanent Voter Card distribution so that millions of Nigerians would not be disenfranchised.

He stated: “The speed at which the distribution is going suggests that millions of Nigerians will be able to get their PVCs, already the various states have an average of 500, 000 uncollected PVCs.

“What that implies is that about 18, million people stand the risk of not voting, we hope those cards would be collected between now and the end of the distribution.

“So, if on the average states still have 300, 000 uncollected PVCs, we are still looking at about 10 million to 15 million who are registered but not able to get their cards, that is a substantial number.

“We want to express the hope that INEC will be fair, impartial and that the election would be credible, sufficiently transparent and free.”

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