The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has chided the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for what he described as inefficiency and electoral manipulation.
Speaking yesterday shortly after he collected his Permanent Voter Card in Ila Orangun, Osun State, Akande noted that by his assessment, INEC has not lived up to expectation because the exercise was marred with irregularities and fraud which underscored the commission’s inefficiency and incompetence.
He said: “My assessment on the collection of Permanent Voter Card is uncomfortable. I came for the validation of my voter card where I registered and voted in 2011 today. I was able to collect my card but some of the people that came after me could not find their names on the list.
“Some names which appeared once on the voter register in 2011 appeared twice. Some names that appeared in 2011 are not appearing again on the list for the collection of the PVC which made me become worried and I began to ask questions. Even in some units where INEC registered 100 people, the register never covered 60% success in such areas”, Akande noted.
Akande, who collected his PVC at Unit 12, Obalumo compound, Atewogbade street, Isedo 1 in Ward 4, Ila-Orangun, Ila local government area of Osun State, said he has reported the situation to the national office of his party.
“we have just concluded the registration of our party members and we have met the biometric control for the registration of party membership.
“INEC deceived us in 2011 that it was going to register us with biometric control, it took our 10 fingers; but in 2011 election, there was no control. I am not certain if there is going to be a control for this card too”.
“This card has no control at all and the INEC that cannot give you a biometric control like they do in Ghana cannot claim to be able to give you a free, fair and credible election”.
Akande said the party was going to give the exercise a test to determine if they can use the voter register for election or advice INEC to conduct a fresh registration if they don’t have a credible register.