The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo State, Selina Okoh, has said the commission has decided that only those who have Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would be eligible to vote in the 2015 general elections.
Okoh made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Tuesday.
She said although INEC headquarters had cancelled the initial date for the distribution of the cards in the state, a new date would soon be communicated to the electorate.
She said: “INEC has decided that only voters with permanent voter cards would be eligible to vote during the 2015 general elections and Imo will not be an exception.
“Imo is grouped in the third phase of the distribution of the permanent voter cards.
“Due to logistic challenges encountered during the distribution of the cards in the first phase, the leadership of the commission adjusted the timetable for the distribution of the cards.”
The REC dismissed insinuations that the commission might still use the temporary voter cards for the conduct of the 2015 general elections, saying the continuous voter registration was meant for three categories of voters.
She explained: “The first category is for voters below 18 years in 2011, the second group is for voters who are of age, but could not register, while the third group is for those who registered but could not find their names on the register.” Okoh warned voters not to sell their cards to politicians.