INEC backtracks, Incidence forms to be used in 2019 elections
The opposition Peoples Democratic party, PDP, has accused Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC, of succumbing to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, agenda by allowing Incidence forms to be used in the 2019 elections, thereby increasing Buhari’s chances of rigging and winning the election.
This comes as the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to fulfill its initial promise of employing the use of Smart Card Readers and Permanent Voters Cards (PVC)for the 2019 elections.
In a statement issued by Atiku’s media adviser Paul Ibe, the former vice president raised an alarm that INEC “has backtracked and decided to allow the use of the unreliable incident forms as against it’s pledge in 2019”
Atiku said that the planned use of these forms is meant to favour President Muhammadu Buhari “who thrice refused to sign the amended Electoral Act, for fear of the use of card readers, which would prevent rigging by desperate power mongers.”
He explained that “the data from the 2015 elections show that 75% of the almost 14 million people who voted without biometric accreditation in 2015, were linked to Muhammadu Buhari.
“This disproportionate number of voters who voted without biometric accreditation in 2015 affected the integrity of those elections and we hold the INEC to its oft-repeated promise not to use anything but the Smart Card Readers and PVCs for the 2019 elections”, the statement read.
Against this background, Atiku charged the INEC Chairman Mahmoud Yakubu not to renege on his promise to Nigerians on the use Smart card readers and PVC’s adding that, “that the world is watching and Nigerians are alert to see if the present Chairman and board of INEC would place national interests above narrow oligarchic interest.
He also urged INEC to toe a path of credibility while ensuring that the 2019 elections presents a level playing field for candidates.
“The job of the INEC is to give Nigerians a level playing field and an election that reflects the will of the people and not that of their oppressors. These reports do not incite hope. Not at all.
“We once again want to sound the alarm that only the strict use of Smart Card Readers and PVCs can guarantee free, fair and credible elections that will be accepted by Nigerians and the international community,” the staement concluded.