Our reporter| The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that politicians now purchase Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to rig and mar the credibility of the 2023 general elections.
The Acting Chairman of INEC and National Commissioner overseeing the FCT, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Plateau states, Mohammed Haruna, who raised the alarm on Monday during the launch of #YourVoteMatters project by an election observer group, NESSACTION, in Abuja, revealed that recently, the Commission convicted two persons in Sokoto and Kano states for illegally possessing PVCs.
The INEC commissioner emphasized that politicians now buy PVCs, but warned voters not to sell their cards for any reason because it is a punishable electoral offence.
“Some of you are aware that only recently, INEC managed to convict two people who were found guilty of illegally possessing PVCs in Kano and Sokoto. So, I urge people to collect their PVCs, keep them safely, and make sure you go out there and cast your votes on the election day because you cannot vote without your PVCs,” he said.
The disclosure came as voters across across the country commence the collection of their PVCs.
This process commenced on 12th December and is expected to last till 27th January 2023.