A group of civil society organizations expressed their concern on Friday, just 49 days before the general elections in 2023, regarding reports of missing permanent voter cards, or PVCs, and the difficulty in locating them.
President Muhammadu Buhari must be ready to hold a free and fair election, according to the CSOs who are concerned.
Maximilian Tashilani, the focal point of the Coalition of Nigerian Youth Groups, Okpanachi Jacob, convener of the Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance, and Yusuf Ibrahim, chairman of Arewa Transformational Leaders, presented the organizations’ positions during a news conference.
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They expressed concern about the Independent National Electoral Commission’s voter education efforts as well, saying that it needed to be addressed.
The judiciary was cautioned by the CSOs not to award court orders, injunctions, and judgments hastily.
Tashilani said, “From all indications, President Muhammadu Buhari is not only desirous of bequeathing the legacy of a free and fair election, he is also poised to ensure that all institutions responsible for delivering credible elections are genuinely independent.
“The difficulties voters undergo to collect their PVCs are unbearable. Aside from the challenges of locating one PVC, there are also reports of missing PVCs,” he said.
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