The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused politicians in the country of buying Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and paying for people to vote in order to get their Voter Identification Numbers (VIN).
On December 12, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, the acting chairman of INEC and National Commissioner in charge of the FCT, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Plateau states, said this at the launch of the #YourVoteMatters project by the election observer group NESSACTION.
Haruna said, “We know that some politicians are buying the PVCs.” If you collect PVC and then sell it or give it to someone else, you are helping them have it illegally, which is against our Electoral Act.
“Some of you may know that INEC was able to find two people guilty of illegally having PVCs in Kano and Sokoto not too long ago. So, I urge everyone to get their PVCs, keep them safe, and make sure they vote on election day, since you can’t vote without your PVC.