INEC Warns Politicians Buying PVCs Cards


INEC Warns Politicians Buying PVCs Cards

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, said politicians buying Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to manipulate the 2023 general elections are engaging in futile efforts.

INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, stated this while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme.

According to INEC, the Bimodal Voter Registration System (BVAS), the technology that will be used for the accreditation and authentication of voters come 2023, will reject biometric data of persons who are not original owners of the traded PVCs.

“In terms of any politician bypassing the BVAS, I want to tell you that that will not happen, that is an impossibility,” INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye said.

However, Okoye on Sunday, described as “an impossibility”, the plan by the desperate politicians who are already harvesting PVCs to rig the next election.

He insisted that it is an electoral offence to be found with a PVC that doesn’t belong to one, noting that security agencies have the responsibility to go after such individuals and prosecute them.

“Some politicians are very optimistic, they normally plan for the rainy day; they are still thinking that there is a possibility that they can beat the BVAS that we are going to use for voter accreditation and authentication but their exercise will be an exercise in futility.

“Anybody who is purchasing a permanent voters card is just engaging in an exercise in futility. The only thing any person can do is to make sure the voter does not vote on election day but for you to come to the polling unit on election day with voter’s card belonging to someone else, and you attempt to vote with it, that is an impossibility, the BVAS will not capture your fingerprint,” Okoye said.

The INEC commissioner also said polling units have been removed from shrines, churches, mosques, and homes of powerful politicians to ensure electoral integrity. He tasked voters to support the commission’s efforts through shared responsibility and mandate protection to ensure free and fair elections in 2023.

“We removed polling units from the palaces of traditional rulers, we removed polling units that are near the homes of politicians, we removed polling units that are in shrines, we also removed polling units from places we consider not conducive for electoral business,” he said.


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