The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has warned the electorate against offering bribe to officials before obtaining their Permanent Voter Cards. There had been reports of alleged sharp practices by some INEC officials at some regristration centres.
Responding to Newsbreak.ng inquiry into the allegation, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, explained electorate need not pay to collect their PVC.
“Let me assure all Nigerians that they are not to part to any INEC official any amount of money to collect their PVCs or even to register in the Continuous Voters Registration exercise,” he said. Oyekanmi urged anyone being harassed for bribe to report the matter to the INEC.
“If any staff of INEC requests for money, please feel free to contact us. Tell us the person who asked for money and the local government registration area where it happened, and we would take action,” he added.
He further explained the process for collection of PVC requires an electorate to present the temporary voter card earlier issued him or her before a PVC could be issued.
“There is a clear process regarding the collection of the permanent voter cards … there is no confusion about the process there.”
The INEC official also said claims that process for collection is cumbersome and time-consuming was untrue. Oyekanmi stated also that seven million Nigerians have been registered since 2017, but currently 7.9 million PVC are yet to be collected.
On INEC’s efforts regarding PVC distribution, Oyekanmi said: “INEC has done, and continues to do, massive publicity to create awareness and inform Nigerians on the importance of the PVCs and the need to collect them."