The National Commissioner of Information of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, on Thursday spoke on permanent voter cards (PVCs) which were recently discovered buried.
According to Okoye, the electoral body will soon release a report on the voter cards.
Okoye disclosed this during a workshop on election reporting organised by the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNFJ).
Recall that several PVCs in July 2022, in a video spotted online were discovered buried.
INEC in its reaction to the development at the time had promised to investigate the issue, adding that anyone found culpable will face the law.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in November also retrieved 513 national identity cards and permanent voter cards (PVCs) from foreigners in Katsina.
Okoye, while speaking at the workshop said, “very soon, the commission will release a report relating to all the PVCs people said were found in gutters and on the streets of Lagos.
“This nation will be shocked.
“Those who have bought PVCs thinking they can influence the result of an election are the ones who are opposed to the use of the BVAS.
“We have made it very clear that if the BVAS cannot capture your fingerprint and face, we will not allow you to vote.”
He further stated that the electoral body will carry out mock accreditation in all the states of the federation and all the senatorial districts.
Okoye said, “We did the same mock accreditation in Ekiti and we also carried it out in the Osun governorship election. We’ll do it so people can have a feel of the workings of the BVAS and how it will be deployed for the election.”