2023 Election: Man Arrested With 101 PVCs in Sokoto Sentenced to One Year in Prison

2023 Election: Man Arrested With 101 PVCs in Sokoto Sentenced to One Year in Prison

  • INEC has secured the conviction of one Nasiru Idris for being in possession of 101 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs)
  • A magistrate court in Sokoto sentenced Idris to one-year imprisonment, having found him guilty of contravening Nigeria's Electoral Act
  • He was arrested by the police on 10 October, following an intelligence report that he was in possession of multiple PVCs

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In what can be described as a big win for the Nigerian electoral system, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that one Nasiru Idris who was arrested for being in possession of 101 permanent voter cards (PVCs) in Sokoto, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

INEC announced this on Sunday in a statement signed by Festus Okoye, its national commissioner.

Court jails man with 101 PVCs
INEC secures conviction of one Nasiru Idris for being in possession of 101 PVCs. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun
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Idris was apprehended on October 10 following an intelligence report.

The statement read:

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“In the last couple of weeks, the police have arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voter cards in some states,” the commission said.
“In one case, the police concluded the investigation and handed over the case file to the commission resulting in the successful prosecution of one Nasiru Idris at a Magistrate Court in Sokoto who was found to be in possession 101 PVCs in contravention of Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2002. He has been sentenced to a year in prison."

2023 elections: “Ballot box snatching will not prevail again”, ex-governor boasts, give reasons

Meanwhile, the former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam said the 2023 general election will be the end to ballot box snatching during elections.

The serving senator said the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a major technological advancement in the Nigeria electoral practice as it will bring an end to ballot box snatching.

Senator Suswam made this remark on Monday, November 14 during the flag-off of the Benue North-East senatorial campaign in Adikpo, Kwande local government. Senator Suswam warned that those anticipating snatching ballot boxes during the elections will only be doing it in futility.

He urged the electorates to continue to mobilise support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the build-up to the election.

Source: Legit.ng

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