The Labour Party of Nigeria has accused INEC officials of frustration and sabotage towards the release of Personal Voters Card for the 2023 General Elections.
The accusation which was disclosed by the spokesperson of the party for the Presidential Campaign Committee, Dr Yunusa Tanko in a statement issued by him.
Tanko disclosed that the party had received reports of INEC Staff ineptitude which he described as disheartening and frustrating to most of the PVC collectors across the country.
He expressed concern that with less than 2 weeks for the PVC exercise to round off, a large number of Nigerians are yet to receive their permanent voters card as INEC officials frustrate the process.
He said: ”INEC has less than 2 weeks to deliver PVCs to Nigerians and the reports we receive nationwide about the ineptitude of its staff is disheartening and frustrating most PVC collectors.”
According to him: ”We have received reports from all geopolitical zones in Nigeria and the messages are all the same, people complaining of the snail pace at which the PVCs are being distributed.”
He added that in some wards, less than 20 out of 500 voters are assured their PVCs, after queuing for hours. ”People go and queue for hours to collect their PVCs and out of about 500 on the line, fewer than 20 of them are able to collect theirs.”
According to him: ”What kind of miracle is INEC going to perform that will ensure Nigerians get their PVCs within this short period if there’s no sinister motive underneath.”
Tanko disclosed that it is the right of every citizen to vote, saying that many voters complained of the cumbersome PVCs collection process.
He said: ”We have said it in different fora that on no account should any Nigerian be denied his inalienable right to cast his ballot.”
He then urged the INEC to act on the ”deliberately designed weak operations” so as not to create the impression that it has a ”hidden script unknown to the public.”