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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is incensed by the viral video showing what appears to be a sizable shipment of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) hidden in the grounds of a prominent figure.

News Report that INEC announced that a probe into the issue had begun and vowed to punish anyone responsible harshly.

Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, released a statement to the press on Thursday outlining the electoral umpire’s position on the issue.

The full text of the statement made to INEC’s Twitter account is shown below:

“REPORT OF UNCOLLECTED PERMANENT VOTERS’ CARDS (PVCs) DISCOVERED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATIONS

“The attention of the Commission has been drawn to videos trending online of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) allegedly buried underground in some locations, including the compound of a high-profile Person.

“The Commission is not taking these allegations lightly. We have commenced immediate investigation ‘and anyone found culpable in this diabolical scheme clearly intended to disenfranchise Nigerians will be sanctioned under the law. Every eligible Nigerian who registered as a voter is entitled to his/her PVC. The constitutional right to vote in any election must never be suppressed or abridged in any way.

“As far as the record of the Commission is concerned. PVCs have been printed for all valid registrants in Nigeria up to 14th January 2022 and delivered to all the States of the Federation for collection by voters. We will not allow retrogressive elements to sabotage our efforts.

“The issues of voter registration, compilation of the voters’ roll and issuance of PVCs are at the heart of any democratic elections and the Commission won’t fail to ensure that every eligible citizen who appears in person at the registrations venue is registered. We assure Nigerians that the matter will be pursued to its logical conclusion.

“Already, the Commission is reviewing the procedure for collecting PVCs to make it lees curnbersome and more transparent. This will be a major topic at the INEC regular quarterly meeting with stakeholders so that working together we can find a lasting solution to the issue.

“Meanwhile, we appeal to those who found the allegedly buried PVCs to deliver them to our nearest State or Local Government office. This will be their patnotic contribution to the consolidation of our electoral process.

“National Commisaoner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Thursday 14th July 2022 “

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