The data of registrants in the ongoing collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Delta State being carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been corrupted by suspected computer malware, otherwise known as virus.
There are no fewer than 129 existing polling units in the affected area where persons who came out to collect their PVC went home disappointed as they could not access them.
In Ika South local government area of the state, the development specifically caused apprehension among eligible voters in the town, who are afraid they might be disenfranchised by the occurrence.
Those who are affected already believe that the action was a deliberate one meant to render the people politically irrelevant in the upcoming local government election and the 2015 general election.
In the words of the President of Agbor Progressive Initiative, Williams Eghebi said, “This is a calculated attempt to disenfranchise the people. It is unfortunate that majority of the people may not be able to register as a result of this”.
Responding, the Chief Public Affairs Officer of INEC in Delta State, Livy Unuibe dismissed the insinuation of any hidden agenda, noting that “the issue is already being addressed”. [eap_ad_2] According to him, “because of that, fresh registration will take place there. That arrangement has been concluded. Last week or so, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gesila Khan paid an advocacy visit to the Dein of Agbor and the chiefs were there.
“We have already informed the royal father about the development. The corrupting of the system by virus was not man-made, so an entirely fresh registration will be carried out there”, he assured.
However, the Delta State Police Command has appealed to registered voters who were unable to collect their cards within the allotted three days not to panic as INEC has made arrangement to leave all uncollected PVCs with the Local Government Area Electoral Officers in the state.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Celestina Kalu, reads, ”Affected persons are therefore urged to visit the Electoral Officers in the Local Government Areas where they registered for collection of their cards.
”Members of the public who did not register in the previous registration exercise are equally advised to register in their wards with effect from 20 – 25/08/2014” it added. (DailyPost) [eap_ad_3]