Posted by Editor | 22 January 2022, 02:36am | 216
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) it issued in 2011 and after were still valid and could still be used by their owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territoy (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election.
To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation, spokesman to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said in a statement on Friday, reiterating its earlier stand on the matter.
He said: “It is also not true that the Commission will use the so called “New Card Reader” for the 2023 General Election. What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget , known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).
"It is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication .
“The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day. The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”