LAGOS – The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Nigerians to cooperate with INEC in the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).
This is contained in a statement by the Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in Lagos.
The statement said the cooperation would ensure that Nigerians received the PVCs to have right to vote.
“We call on Nigerians to give INEC full cooperation and those who are yet to collect their PVCs are urged to create time for collection.
“The diversification of PVC collection centres in Local Governments and wards as well as the use of social media will enable millions of people to locate the centres where they will collect their PVCs.
“The electoral body’s flexible position as reflected in its readiness to extend deadlines for collection of the PVC is highly commendable.
“The fact that the deadline has been shifted to February 8, despite two earlier extensions is another evidence of INEC’s pragmatism and the managerial skill of its leadership.”
MURIC appealed to stakeholders to eschew violence during and after the elections.
“In order to ensure a peaceful atmosphere, we appeal to political parties, relevant authorities and individuals to resist the temptation to rig the election.
MURIC, however, urged INEC to remain focus as the umpire in this very crucial exercise, advising the electoral body not compromise its principles.
“We remind INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega that he has a name to protect.
“A free and fair 2015 election will print his name in letters of gold whereas compromise will dump his legacy in the dustbin of history.’’