- The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised alarm over alleged move by some politicians to compromise distribution of Permanent Voter Cards
- The alarm comes at heals of Wednesday, January 16, commencement of distribution of PVCs in registration areas across the country
- The commission also disclosed that some politicians had devised a new method of vote buying but gave the assurance that the it would forestall it
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that it will work with security agencies to deal with those who will try to compromise the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at the ward level.
INEC national commissioner, Mustapha Lecky, issued the warning in a message on Monday, January 14, in Asaba during an interactive session between the commission and the executive of the Delta traditional rulers council, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Lecky’ message was read by Angela Ebodaghe, the head of legal department commission in Delta.
The warning is coming at heals of Wednesday, January 16, commencement of distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in registration areas across the country.
The statement read: “INEC has specifically arranged for those who have yet to collect their cards to do so from January 16 to 21, 2019 at the designated centres in their wards
“We will work with the security agencies to deal with the violators of our electoral laws, including those who may try to compromise our staff responsible for making the PVCs available for collection."
The national commissioner said that smart card readers would be used to confirm, verify and authenticate the voters as well as ensure that the cards were issued by INEC.
He said: “Cloned cards that do not match the codes for a particular polling unit in which the voter is registered will be rejected by the card reader.
“Similarly the claim that the card reader has been enhanced to recapture voter’s fingerprints at polling units and automatically overwrite the biometric record in our database is untrue and should be disregarded.”
Lecky disclosed that some politicians had devised a new method of vote buying but gave the assurance that the commission would forestall it.
The national commissioner said that INEC was aware that some partisan actors were now going round buying up PVCs and inducing voters financially to collect the voter Identification Numbers VIN) in the PVCs.
He disclosed: “In some instances, telephone numbers and bank account details of voters have been collected
“By collecting the PVCs their intention may be to deprive the voters of voting since no one can vote without PVCs.
“By collecting their phone numbers and bank details, the intention is to induce voters by electronic transfers of funds to their accounts since it will be difficult to buy votes at polling units.
“By collecting the VINs they may be acting on the mistaken notion that our system can be hacked into and the card readers somehow preloaded ahead election, will be compromised.”
He called on the royal fathers to help ensure that their subjects who had not collected their PVCs used the opportunity provided by INEC and collect them at the wards, while thanking them for their cooperation so far.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that INEC on Thursday, December 27, raised the alarm that some politicians in Oyo state were mounting pressure on the commission to sell unclaimed permanent voter cards in its custody to them.
The electoral body, however, said it was not giving in to such pressure aimed at rigging the forthcoming polls because, adding that “INEC is determined to ensure that people’s votes count in the free, fair and credible elections in 2019.”
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