A group of protesters, uniformly dressed in red with the mark of GEJites yesterday demonstrated at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking for equal distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by the commission’s chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.
The protesters, with some of them conveyed to the commission in a Jonathan’s campaign bus, said INEC was wrong in saying that it was ready to conduct the election, since they could not obtain their cards in Abuja centres, where they registered.
They accused the INEC chairman of being bias in the distribution of the cards, where the All Progressives Congress (APC) states in the north received adequate cards against their PDP counterparts in the south.
The protester carried placards, some with inscriptions like “We support our armed forces, postpone election for security,” “Jega must stop unequal distribution of PVCs,” “Democracy, my right to vote,” “Jega where is our PVC?” and “GEJites say no to tribal discrimination with PVC distribution.”
One of the protest’s coordinators, Elijah John Seme said “What we are demonstrating is about our PVC. We need that PVC to be given to us. Of course, we are all Nigerians. How can some sides collect, while the other sides are not collecting?”
They submitted a written letter to the assistant director of security in the commission, who assured them that they would all get their PVCs before election when they go to the collection centres at their wards.
Soon after leaving the vicinity of INEC, the protesters, escorted by police vans, stopped and wrote their names on papers circulated by the coordinators, and in clusters went their different ways.