Posted by News Express | 27 January 2015 | 3,777 times
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been dragged before the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, the United Nations and 11 Foreign Missions in Nigeria for allegedly bungling preparations for the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria. In a detailed petition dated January 27, 2015, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) alerted the Pope, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the 11 Foreign Missions of looming trouble in Africa’s most populous country as a result of INEC’s alleged moves by INEC to disenfranchise millions of registered voters.
Foreign Missions to which the petition is addressed are those of the United States of America; Britain; Federal Republic of Germany; Canada; Republic of France; Brazil; Japan; Australia; China; India; and the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS.
The petition, a copy of which is in the possession of News Express, is copied the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Secretary General, Amnesty International, London, UK, Executive Director, and Human Rights Watch, USA, New York, USA.
Entitled ‘2015 General Elections In Nigeria & INEC’s Shoddy Preparations: Chaos, Anarchy & Bloodletting Looming’, the petition is signed for Intersociety by the Board Chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi; Head, Democracy & Good Governance Programme Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Esq.; Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Programme Obianuju Igboeli, Esq.; and Head, Campaign & Publicity Department Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Esq.
Part One of the petition reads as follows: “International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is a leading human rights organization from the Southeast of Nigeria headquartered in Onitsha, Anambra State. Formed in 2008, we work on: civil liberties & rule of law, democracy & good governance and security & safety.
“We humbly write Your Excellencies over the subject above referenced and the grounds upon which we write are stated below.
“On January 13, 2015, the Jega’s INEC made another public statement saying that a total of 68,833,476 (sixty eight million, eight hundred and thirty-three thousand, four hundred and seventy six) RVs (registered voters) have been penciled down to vote in the February General Elections in the country. It said it arrived at the figure after subjecting the National Register of Voters to automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) for the purpose of elimination of multiple/double registrants leading to elimination of over 4 million double registrants after which the figure came down to 68,833,476. The INEC also pasted on its website the State-by-State distribution of the PVCs as at 13th January 2015 and withheld State-by-State breakdown of its given and approved registered voters of 68,833,476 it penciled down to vote in the said polls. It is important to note that these claims of INEC are yet to be independently verified.
7. Jigawa State registered voters 1,817,087, PVCs distributed 1,460,420. Total registered voters for the North-West zone 18,616,499. Total PVCs distributed 12,003,964. Total disenfranchised 6,612,535.
North-Central: 1. Benue State: registered voters 2,340,718, PVCs distributed 1,132,178, 2. Plateau State: registered voters 2,082,725, PVCs distributed 1,072,352, 3. Niger State: registered voters 2,427,081 PVCs distributed 1,089,002, 4. Kogi State: registered voters 1,305,533, PVCs distributed 755, 775, 5. Nasarawa State: registered voters 1,291,876, PVCs distributed 799,991, 6. Kwara State registered voters 1,125,035, PVCs distributed 670,694. Total registered voters for the North-Central 10,592,958. Total PVCs distributed 5,539,982. Total disenfranchised 5,052,976.
“North-East (troubled zone): 1. Bauchi State: registered voters 2,502,609, PVCs distributed 1,509,255, 2. Gombe State: registered voters 1,208,927, PVCs distributed 802,959, 3. Yobe State: registered voters 1,203,224, PVCs distributed 740,336, 4. Adamawa State: registered voters 1,682,907, PVCs distributed 912,312, 5. Taraba State: registered voters 1,279,394, PVCs distributed 921,637, Borno State: registered voters 2,570,349, PVCs distributed (est.) 1,570,349. Total registered voters for Northeast 10,447,410. Total PVCs distributed 7,456,848. Total PVCs distributed excluding Borno 4,886,499. Total disenfranchised 2,990,562.
“South-West: 1. Lagos State: registered voters 5,426,391, PVCs distributed 2,159,091, 2. Oyo State: registered voters 2,487,132, PVCs distributed 1,141,405, 3. Ogun State: registered voters 1,796,024, PVCs distributed 930,276, 4. Ondo State: registered voters 1,472,237, PVCs distributed 824,715, 5. Osun State: registered voters 1,318,120, PVCs distributed 992,310, 6. Ekiti State: registered voters 688,950, PVCs distributed 481,198. Total registered voters for South-West 13,188,854. Total PVCs distributed 6,419,003. Total disenfranchised 6,769,851.
“South-South: 1. Rivers State: registered voters 2,466,977, PVCs distributed 1,253,606, 2. Delta State: registered voters 2,044,372, PVCs distributed 1,260,728, 3. Edo State: registered voters 1,593,488, PVCs distributed 930,276, 4. Cross River State: registered voters 1,169,469, PVCs distributed 469,763, 5. Akwa Ibom State: registered voters 1,621,798, PVCs distributed 1,177,950, 6. Bayelsa State: registered voters 590,679, PVCs distributed 370,029. Total registered voters for South-South 9,486,811. Total PVCs distributed 5,788,053. Total disenfranchised 3,698,758.
“South-East: 1. Anambra State: registered voters 1,784,536, PVCs distributed 862,747, 2. Imo State: registered voters 1,672,666, PVCs distributed 682,046, 3. Abia State: registered voters 1,387,844, PVCs distributed 1,020,601, 4. Enugu State: registered voters 1,313,128, PVCs distributed 662, 445, 5. Ebonyi State: registered voters 1,020,011, PVCs distributed 687,402. Total registered voters for South-East 7,178,185. Total PVCs distributed 3,944,242. Total disenfranchised 3,233,943.
“In the FCT, out of 892,628 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), only 411,935 have received their PVCs till date leaving 480,683 disenfranchised.
“Further Findings: (a) Disenfranchisement of over five million Igbo-Nigerians resident in the North particularly in Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Borno and Adamawa States, who fled the troubled areas owing to Boko Haram and Islamist Fulani insurgencies and failure by INEC to recapture them either in the voters’ cards transfer or continuous voters’ registration. (b) Abandonment of millions of PVCs belonging to fleeing Igbo-Nigerian residents in the North in INEC’s hands and their possible use to rig the presidential poll in the North. (c) Desperation by INEC headship to get the North-East IDPs comprising the infants, children, women and the aged said to be 918,416 in number to vote in the presidential poll at all costs owing to their strategic ethno-religious advantage to the Northern votes. (d) Paying little or no attention to 30,059,085 disenfranchised registered voters majorly located in the Southwest and the Southeast geopolitical zones and paying more attention to the so called ‘North-East IDPs’ dominated by Muslim populations.”
•Photo shows INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega.
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