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Group of Nigerian youths yesterday in Abuja protested to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, seeking for the postponement of the February 14 election, due to the inability of many registered voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.
The group, under the aegis of Forum for Democratic Change,FDC, led by its National coordinator, Solomon Chuks, said going ahead with the election this month,will disenfranchise Nigerians.
Chucks,who presented the group’s protest letter to the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, insisted that going ahead with the polls will deny many Nigerians their constitutional rights to choose their preferred leaders through ballot.
“The PVC which is supposed to be one of the instruments of votes has not been fully separated around Nigeria. “Those people who actually remain under scorching sun to sign their names for these PVCs have not gotten these things, yet elections are fast approaching, “he said.
He said the action of the group was the demonstration of its anger against the commission to effectively and successfully distribute the items to their legitimate owners before the commencement of the polls, asking INEC to shift the elections so that it can take care of the situation before the elections commence.
He said: “I want to correct one impression. This is not a protest. It is a procession to register the grievances of the Nigerian masses as regards the coming election. The Nigerian masses believe that what is worth doing is worth doing well.”
They chanted for the polls postponement citing the challenges in the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) distribution and avoiding injustice to the large number of Nigerians who could not get their PVCs.