The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said no one will be permitted to collect the Permanent Voter Card by proxy.
Jega disclosed this on Friday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, during a two-day workshop for administrative secretaries and electoral officers cutting across 12 states of the federation.
The INEC boss, who noted that a reliable register of voters was the bedrock of a sustainable democracy, charged the distribution officers to ensure compliance to instructions while issuing the permanent voter card.
He said, “The PVC cannot be collected by proxy nor collected without the thumb-print of the holder. Evidence of personal collection, the names of all who collected must be written on the Distribution Register (D.R), a control measure that Section 16 of the Act empowers INEC to adopt in issuing of voter card to be compiled by the distribution officers.”
Jega, who was represented by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Mr. Mike Igini, said the last governorship election in Ekiti State heralded the use of the PVC while terminating that of the Temporal Voter Card for all elections in Nigeria.
“The just-concluded successful Ekiti governorship election heralded the commencement of the use of the PVC and also brought to an end the use of the temporal voter card for all elections in the country,” he said.
In his remarks, the Director of United Nations Development Project, Mr. Mourtada Deme, said the training was aimed at strengthening the democratic character of the country’s political processes.
“The project is to strengthen the democratic character of the Nigeria political process through the promotion of outcomes that consolidate and advances democratic governance and accountability in Nigeria,” he said