The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reacted to the viral report of PVC getting sold on Chinese website, Alibaba, with an option of a customized name.
According to INEC in their statement, the electoral commission had anticipated these and proactively took measures to preserve and secure our electoral materials. It also added that several security features and secret source codes are contained in the smart card readers, which enables it to read only PVCs issued by the commission.
Here is their statement below;
This follows up report of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), releasing the full report of its investigation into alleged under-aged voting in the Kano election report. INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during an interaction with political editors of media organisations on Saturday in Lagos.
Mr Yakubu recalled that the commission had earlier in Abuja disclosed that its voter register was not used by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) for the February local government poll.
He, however, said that based on the demand by some stakeholders, the commission would soon release the report submitted by the committee set up to investigate the allegations.
“INEC committee conducted investigation, submitted its report and we addressed the press on the matter that there was no connection between INEC voter register and the incidence of underage voting in Kano.
“In fact in many voting units they did not even use voter register to accredit anyone.
“Having said so, there is a demand that we should release the report of our investigation. I assure you we will soon release the full report of that investigation.’’
Mr Yakubu, speaking on the clean-up of the voter register, said that the commission would continue to strengthen the register. He said while the commission had been working on the clean-up of the register, no single Nigerian had officially complained to INEC about the inclusion of ineligible persons.
Mr Yakubu said as part of measures to clean up the register, the commission pasted the details of new registrants nationwide as well as given each registered political party a copy of the register for claims and objections.