- INEC officials have been asked not to frustrate PVC collection by demanding bribes from Nigerians who come to collect their cards
- The call was made by the INEC boss in Abia state as the electoral umpire rounds up permanent voters' card collection
- Some residents of Aba have accused some INEC officials of collecting N500 from prospective voters before issuing them their cards
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A message has been sent to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the commission continues Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) distribution.
The message was sent by INEC’s head, Public Affairs Unit in Abia, Bamidele Oyetunjiin. He asked INEC staff to shun sharp practices, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
According to him, the commission frowns at receiving or demanding gratification from the public while performing their duties, Vanguard Newspaper added.
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”Our staff members do not need to search for anything on the internet. All they need to do is to give people their voter cards. Anybody whose card is not found or those with challenges should be given a note to verify online by themselves."
Allegations against INEC staff in Abia
He said this in response to some residents of Abia who accused some INEC officials of collecting N500 from prospective voters before issuing them their cards.
Ijeoma Bernard said she was asked to pay N500 as “verification fee” before she was given her card.
Also, Nwanyioma Enyinnaya said that the INEC officials refused to attend to her because she could not pay.
INEC to Nigerians: 2023 general elections will hold no matter what happens
In a related development, Nigerians have been assured that the 2023 general election will be conducted as scheduled no matter the level of threat.
This was disclosed by the INEC commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
Okoye made this known as the electoral umpire continues to face attacks on its facilities in different locations across the country.
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