Is INEC about to bungle this election?

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Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continues to restate its readiness to conduct the rescheduled 2015 general election come March 28 and April 11, not a few Nigerians are worried that the commission may in the end bungle the exercise unless issues which have come to light since the postponement of the poll are addressed.
First is that despite improvement in the percentage of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) collected across the country, a sizable number of people cannot lay hands on it to date, despite visiting the collection centres several times. If the situation persists till March 28, 2015, then the electoral umpire would, willy-nilly, have succeeded in disenfranchising such Nigerians. The malfunctioning of the Card Reader machines in some states where INEC held a mock accreditation exercise at the weekend is another troubling pointer. Again, the demand by the Young Democratic Party (YDP) at the weekend that INEC put its logo on the ballot paper for the poll or shift the election to a later date, following an order by a Federal High court that the INEC recognise the party, is yet another puzzle.
Seen by many as self-inflicted, the dilemma which the YDP demands now arose by virtue of INEC’s failure to communicate its decision not to register the then political association as a political party within 30 days of receiving its (YDP’s) application as stipulated in section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act. The question is: Can INEC say that it did not know what section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act stipulates? If the commission knows as Nigerians expect, then will it not be correct to say that INEC is hands in gloves with forces seeking to bungle the 2015 poll?

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