Elections: Quash plans to buy PVCs, Saraki charges INEC

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President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has ahead of the coming general elections charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately formulate plans and ideas on how to render useless the intention of politicians who he claimed are planning to buy Permanent Voters Card, PVC.

The plans, he said should be formulated in conjunction with stakeholders at a meeting ahead of the coming general elections.

Saraki, while reacting to a statement credited to the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that some politicians were already scheming to purchase PVCs, urged him not to stop at raising the alarm but immediately devise water-tight arrangement to make futile the efforts of such unscrupulous politicians.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said the development constituted a major threat to the successful conduct of the 2019 polls, as it could become the single factor to decide where victory would swing in the election.

“We have continued to maintain that manipulation of  election results does not start and end on Election Day. It starts long before the day and goes on even after the declaration of results. That is why we have to continually be vigilant and once we identify any threat to free, fair and  transparent conduct of a credible election like the INEC chairman has done, all stakeholders must put heads together to block the loopholes.

“All stakeholders must come up fast with a solution to render useless the antics of those who intend to procure voter’s cards. We all need to put our heads together and I am sure that such a stakeholders’ meeting will not only nip in the bud the looming danger, it will also engender general confidence in the system and create a system in which all stakeholders become problem solvers,” he stated.

He added that in the next six weeks, preceding the first set of elections and immediately after the elections, it was important for INEC to devise an arrangement in which it would constantly consult with stakeholders to identify issues affecting the process and how to find joint solutions to them.