Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner

INEC moves to investigate alleged stashed PVCs uncovered in South East

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Following a viral video circulating on social media spaces, Wednesday, showing some South East resident claiming to have uncovered some Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) allegedly buried inside a gutter, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said, Thursday, it has moved to investigate the veracity of the incident.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement on Thursday, also urged the persons who made the discovery to deliver the said PVCs to its office for onward distribution to their owners.

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“The Commission is not taking these allegations lightly. We have commenced an immediate investigation and anyone found culpable in this diabolical scheme clearly intended to disenfranchise Nigerians will be sanctioned under the law.

“Every eligible Nigerian who registered as a voter is entitled to his/her PVC. The constitutional right to vote in any election must never be suppressed or abridged in any way.”

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner

“This will be their patriotic contribution to the consolidation of our electoral process,” Okoye said.

The INEC further vowed that the commission would counter attempts to sabotage the process of getting PVCs to registered voters.

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

He assured Nigerians that the matter will be pursued to its logical conclusion, stressing that “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”.

In view of the reports, Okoye said the commission had already, started reviewing the procedure for collecting PVCs to make it less cumbersome and more transparent.

“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,” he said.

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