Address challenges of PVCs distribution now, group tells INEC

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Abuja- The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged INEC quickly address the anomalies recorded in the distribution of the Permanent Cards (PVCs) across the country.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) made the call in a statement signed by its National Co-ordinator, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, on Sunday in Abuja.

HURIWA said it was important INEC did this because it had been accused of favouring the northern part of the country in the distributions of the PVCs.

It demanded a full investigation into the exercise, following allegations raised by a Second governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa.

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Musa had alleged that the current INEC leadership was scheming out states suspected of be the strong support base of one of the presidential candidates in the distribution of the PVCs.

“Forcing the electoral panel shift election dates on unclear grounds, on the basis that the Armed Forces would not provide security for the elections if it proceeded on Feb. 14, was uncalled for,’’ the group said.

It added that a shift in the election timeline amounted high treason.

“The allegations should not be swept under the carpet because of the far-reaching adverse implications larger goals and objectives of building democracy and rule of law,’’ HURIWA said in the statement.

While faulting the INEC leadership, the group then urged President Goodluck Jonathan call the Service Chiefs to order.(NAN)