No PVC, no voting, INEC insists, dismisses misleading information circulating on the internet


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has described the messages being circulated by some individuals and groups informing voters that they do not need their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs to vote, but only the last five (5) digits of their Voter Identification Numbers, VINs as false and misleading.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Mr. Festus Okoye who stated this in a statement in Abuja recalled that Section 47(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 makes it mandatory 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.”

Okoye insisted that the PVC remained the only form of identification at an election warning that “any intending voter without a PVC will not be allowed to vote”, adding that “the Commission’s policy revolves around NO PVC, NO VOTING.”

He added that INEC had a voter verification service – noting that “this service is a portal that is available for voters to confirm their registration status, as well as the PU where they will be voting.”

“Therefore, all voters who are yet to collect their PVCs should do so and ignore the false messages”, he submitted.

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