INEC receives 320 PVCs discovered in Bayelsa forest


[From CHRIS ONYEAMA, Yenagoa]


Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received 320 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) found in a forest in Bayelsa State.


Bayelsa Commandant of Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service, Moses Okanu whose members found the PVCs in the forest while presenting them to INEC on Wednesday said the 320 voters cards were found in an uncompleted building in the forest along Elebele-AIT Road in Yenagoa.

Okanu said that the hoodlums on sighting the men of his command who were on routine operation combing the bushes took to their heels and abandoned the voter’s cards.

 Okanu spoke further: “In our routine patrol, I led the operation yesterday. We have been combing the bushes in the nooks and crannies because of the happening we have been hearing in the bushes. We started from Azikoro went through Elebele.

 “In the course of our going round, we ran into an uncompleted building in the bush and we had some noise and in our usual way of operation to ascertain those who are there, the people sighting us started to jump out the windows of the uncompleted building.

“So, we were able to penetrate into the building and what saw was the abandoned voters cards. So knowing full well that these are Federal Government properties and the only authority empowered or authorized by law to keep custody of these items is INEC so we have to recover them and decided to bring it to the Commission.”

Receiving the voters cards on behalf of the Bayelsa State Resident Electoral Commissioner, the Administrative Secretary of the Commission, Engr. Okop Umobong commended the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service for bringing the cards to the Commission and for keeping the neighborhood safe.

Umobong said he would hand over the cards to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Alex Hart, assuring that the Commission would investigate the circumstances that led to the cards being found in the forest.

He also noted that the investigation would determine whether the PVCs were abandoned in the process of printing or they belong to genuine voters.


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