2023: “Ignore those harvesting last 3 digits of PVCs, they can’t beat the BVAS” – INEC

Shocks may be awaiting those going round some States collecting the last three digits of peoples’ Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.

This is because their suspected plan to use the details to sabotage voting or use the digits to access the PVCs and gain more votes would not work.

This disclosure was made in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Rivers State’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Mark Usulor.

Usulor spoke at Day One of a three-day voter education conference series by WhillzTrust Foundation, in Port-Harcourt.

The Foundation had observed that although there is a high awareness level over the 2023 elections, the step-by-step knowledge needed by voters to vote their real minds seemed to be low.

Answering questions after his presentation on the new Electoral Law as it affects the voter, Usulor said the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, (BVAS), would defeat the pranksters working round the clock to defeat the system.

The INEC official calmed the nerves of those who complained that some persons were going round paying PVC owners to give them the last three digits, saying such persons should be allowed to keep harvesting the digits and keep wasting their time.

He drew more applause when he revealed that the BVAS would perform three roles including the voter registration it did earlier; he added that later, it would also do electronic accreditation and result transmission.

He also reacted to multiple registrations, saying it was caused by politicians buying people to go and register.

During the lecture, Usulor, a lawyer, said the electoral arrangements have provisions for all classes of people living with disabilities (PLWDs). He said they would be attended to before others.

He also said security flash points have been identified and mapped, adding that Rivers State case is being treated and that a meeting will take place soon.

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