The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Kano state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Risqua Arabu Shehu, has warned that the Commission will prosecute anyone found to be engaged in double registration for voter cards.
According to him “as at January 2022, about 40% of those who registered in Kano state were found to have registered before, this scenario is in all the states of the federation”.
Professor Shehu, disclosed this on Thursday while speaking with Journalists, noting that incidents of double registration are on the rise across the federation, as he stressed the Commission would apply the full weight of the law to checkmate the tide.
He said that double registration is an offence as clearly enshrined in the Electoral Act 2022, but unfortunately, we have observed that many of the people who show up for the registration already have their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
His words “we have been trying to educate people to understand that the PVCs issued by the Commission do not expire, therefore there is no need for anybody with PVC to register again.”
He then called on the relevant authority to establish Electoral Offenses Tribunal to handle violations of the Electoral Act.
Professor Shehu said the Commission would continue to encourage all those who registered to collect their PVC, adding that there are over 380,000 uncollected old PVCs in Kano.
The REC further disclosed that there are also 77,117 new PVCs of those who registered in the 1st and 2nd quarters (June – December 2021) of the CVR, and distribution had commenced.