Dump PVCs: INEC Absolves Staff, Says Anyone With Disused PVCs Is Wasting Time

PVC DUMPS

LAGOS AUGUST 10TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday stated that its officials cannot be involved in moving permanent voter cards (PVCs) to unwarranted places.

 It disclosed that its processes, accountability and audit protocols will not allow its staff to hide or transport PVCs in favour of any politician.

 INEC said this while reacting to video clips circulating on the social media showing the discovery of thousands of PVCs hidden underground locations, or dumbed in dustbins and in the streets.

The nation’s electoral management body declared that anyone with such disused PVCs is just wasting his time.

The chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, told LEADERSHIP yesterday that it was unthinkable for any INEC member of staff to dump PVCs in that manner.

“What purpose will such an action serve?” he asked.

Oyekanmi explained that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) is in charge of all PVCs printed for voters in each state while electoral officers are responsible and accountable for PVCs sent to local government offices, adding that PVCs cannot be collected by proxy.

On the trending videos, he said, “I have come across a number of unverified video clips circulating on the social media showing some cut-to-size plastic materials which are being described as Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

“But these videos do not provide sufficient evidence to ascertain that the plastics found are indeed PVCs issued by INEC. Our PVCs have unique features, and the details on them can be verified on our national register of voters which is online.
“It is unthinkable that any INEC staff would dump PVCs somewhere in that manner. What purpose will such an action serve? Our processes, accountability, and audit protocols will not even allow it.”
He said when the commission has a genuine case, it quickly takes action.
For instance, he said when the commission received reports of some PVCs being dug up in the course of a road construction in Rivers State recently, it took it up, adding that the commission was working with the police to unravel the mystery.
He further said people should not forget that some of its offices in the South East region had been variously attacked by criminals in the last two years during which, in some cases, PVCs were destroyed.
“Those PVCs were promptly reprinted by the Commission, so anyone with such disused PVCs is just wasting his time.
“My appeal to those who claim to have found dumped PVCs is that they should report their findings at the police station closest to them or at our state office at which the PVCs were found. This will enable us to investigate and take appropriate action,” he said.

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