2023: ‘No PVC, no voting’ – INEC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday in Abuja, insisted that no eligible voter in Nigeria will be allowed to cast vote in the forthcoming general elections without a Permanent Voter Card, (PVC).

Fielding questions from participants after presenting a paper on “INEC and the Challenges of ICT- The Way Forward,” Yakubu insisted that technology will be deployed to actualize a credible, fair and hitch-free general election. He assured that the Bimodal Voter Registration System, (BVAS), is highly secured, intact and cannot be compromised or hacked into by overzealous persons.

Represented by Dr Lawrence Bayode, Director ICT, the INEC chairman said: “Another very disturbing trend is the misinformation and disinformation on technological deployments by the Commission in the social media space, and some media houses picking up news bulletins from social media platforms to discuss on their morning shows and political programmes without reaching out to the Commission for its stance on such issues.

“One of such is the recent viral assumption that PVC is not required to vote on Election day.

Let me reiterate the Commission’s stance that, Section 47(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 clearly states that, “a person intending to vote in an election shall present himself with his voter’s card to a Presiding Officer for accreditation at the polling unit in the constituency in which his name is registered.”.

INEC, he insisted, is legally bound to only accept the accreditation of a voter on presentation of a valid voter’s card.

Assistant Research Fellow, National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja, Emmanuel Owah, presented a paper on: “The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Election Management and Agenda Setting.”

Similarly, there was a paper presentation on: “The Role of the Media in Election Reportage”, by Adebimpe Elizabeth Olorunfemi, Assistant Research Fellow of the NJI, Abuja.

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