INEC Investigates Buried PVCs, Threatens Sanctions

INEC Investigates Buried PVCs, Threatens Sanctions

INEC Investigates Buried PVCs, Threatens Sanctions

INEC Investigates Buried PVCs, Threatens Sanctions

A probe into claims that certain Permanent Voter Cards had been buried underground in some regions has been launched by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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PVCs were purportedly found in packs by locals at underground areas, including the compound of a well-known figure, according to a video that had leaked online.

Nigerians condemned the occurrence, claiming that it was an effort by some well-known individuals to disenfranchise voters in advance of the general elections in 2023.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, gave hints about the investigation in a statement on Thursday.

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He said an investigation has commenced, insisting that anyone found culpable “in this diabolical scheme clearly intended to disenfranchise Nigerians will be sanctioned under the law.”

Okoye said every eligible Nigerian who registered as a voter is entitled to his or her PVC, adding that the constitutional right to vote in any election must never be suppressed or abridged in any way.

INEC Investigates Buried PVCs, Threatens Sanctions

He said, “As far as the record of the commission is concerned, PVCs have been printed for all valid registrants in Nigeria up to January 14, 2022, and delivered to all the states of the federation for collection by voters. We will not allow retrogressive elements to sabotage our efforts.

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“The issues of voter registration, a compilation of the voters’ roll, and issuance of PVCs are at the heart of any democratic elections and the commission is working hard to ensure that every eligible citizen who appears in person at the registration venue is registered. We assure Nigerians that this matter will be pursued to its logical conclusion.

“Already, the commission is reviewing the procedure for collecting PVCs to make it less cumbersome and more transparent.

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“This will be a major topic at the next regular quarterly meeting with stakeholders so that working together we can find a lasting solution to the issue.”

Okoye appealed to those who found the allegedly buried PVCs to deliver them to the commission’s nearest state or local government office, saying, “this will be their patriotic contribution to the consolidation of our electoral process.”

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