The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on stated that the alleged cloning and sale of Permanent Voter Cards on an e-commerce website will not be taken lightly.
The commission in a statement said, “it takes the reports seriously and will engage the government and security agencies as well as promoters of the platform in order to get to the root of it and take all necessary action to bring down the advertisement forthwith.”
The statement signed by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, added that the electoral commission had anticipated this scenario and had put in place security measures to ensure that only PVCs issued by the commission could be used during elections.
A Twitter user, SAGE @olufisiayomi had on Sunday tweeted about the sale of Nigeria’s PVC on an e-Commerce site, Alibaba and it had gone viral, which prompted the statement by the INEC.
But immediately the post went viral across most media platforms in the country, the advert for the cards was removed.
See his tweet below:
Not to be an alarmist, please I found a post saying our PVCs are available on Chinese sites…so I went on http://Alibaba.com myself & confirmed this.
I am only trying to know if this should be possible, what @inecnigeria plans to do about this & if govt knows about it.
Not to be an alarmist, please I found a post saying our PVCs are available on Chinese sites…so I went on https://t.co/YkaGkZolB2 myself & confirmed this.
— SAGE. (@olufisiayomi) July 1, 2018
See the rest of INEC’s statement as published on the verified Twitter handle of the commission:
BREAKING: PUBLIC STATEMENT pic.twitter.com/04wVi3E7Qd
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) July 1, 2018