INEC says politicians are desperate to buy PVCs ahead of 2019

INEC says politicians are desperate to buy PVCs ahead of 2019

- A Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo state, Mutiu Agboke, cites a security report alleging that some politicians are planning to buy Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the 2019 polls

- Agboke says the politicians are looking for what is not available as no INEC staff will sell PVCs to anybody

- The INEC official notes that workers at the electoral commission are being monitored to guard against any misconduct

A top official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mutiu Agboke, has said politicians are making efforts to buy Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2019 election.

Agboke who serves as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo state, made the disclosure in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Wednesday, December 26, when addressing reporters on the preparations of the INEC for the coming election, The Nation reports.

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Speaking at the one-day seminar, the official said he got to know about the plans of the politicians through a security report, but stopped short of giving details of the politicians allegedly involved.

“Politicians are looking for PVCs to buy. That’s the security report we get. They are looking for what is not available,” Agboke said.

“They have seen that this election will likely be neck-to-neck. We will allow a process that will not allow anyone to use violence to the disadvantage of another candidate.

“For those looking for PVCs to buy, there is none. No INEC staff will sell PVCs to anybody. We are monitoring all of them and they all know.”

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The INEC official assured electorates that no politician can get PVCs to buy from INEC, noting that the commission will never release PVCs to anyone that is not the real owner.

Meanwhile, a report by The Guardian has indicated that the INEC is under pressure to grant international and local observers access to its situation room during the 2019 general elections.

According to the report, opposition figures are insisting that the INEC opens its doors to observers for the sake of transparency sake. Leading the charge in the quest is the main opposition party - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP says the call became imperative because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and alleged manipulations during the Osun state gubernatorial election.

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