The Independent National Electoral commission, INEC has declared that only 1,500,032,are eligible to vote out of the 1.7 million registered voters in Adamawa State, in October 11 governorship by-election in the state.
The Adamawa State image maker of the commission, Mrs. Rifkatu Duhu, confirmed , that only 1,500,032 permanent voters card are available for distribution, adding that the PVC distribution slated for 9th,10th and 11th of September will not be accompanied by the complementary continuing voter registration exercise.
The Head of Public Affairs explained that the number of PVC’s which falls short of the actual figure of registered voters is, “by our records, we have 115,000 invalid registration”.
She said that the bye-election scheduled for October 11th by INEC, in Adamawa was never envisaged, however the body based on the constitution has to conduct an election to fill that office since the tenure of the acting governor ends on October 14th.
Duku stressed that the development, which she said, was peculiar to the state has made it impossible for the commission to be able to rectify the problems of all those who may have one problem or the other with their voters card.
Her words: “We didn’t envisage there would be bye-elections in Adamawa, whereas INEC had slated the voter distribution and continuous voter registration exercise for October 22.”
Sequel to the October 11,2014 election, she said that, “the election which was a constitutional matter, we proposed to the National Headquarters to allow us alter the PVC distribution to commence on September 9 to 11 September to give time for our stakeholders, especially the political parties, to conduct party primaries.”
According to her the continuous voter registration would now hold on October 22nd.
“We therefore regret that some people may not be able to vote especially those with complaints arising from either wrong data capture or finger print related issues.
“Obviously we are faced with a very big challenge on our hands”, she said, adding that the electoral umpire was equally bothered about the disenfranchisement of the affected voters and those who have also turned 18 years but who however might not be able to vote.”
The image maker added that, INEC would have to use its old register since its initial plans have been altered by the bye-election, as the time was too short for the CVR.”
“If not for the bye-election we would all have the opportunity to vote since the elections have been slated for next year, 2015,” she said.
This development is said to be in view of unfavourable security reports emanating from Madagali and Michika which in the recent times have been battling with attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.