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General News of Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

PVCs have not expired - INEC counters Tinubu

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, 2023 Presidential aspirant Bola Ahmed Tinubu, 2023 Presidential aspirant

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rebuked presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu's claim that the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) has expired.

Tinubu whiles speaking to some of his supporters said, there has been a decline in the number of eligible voters in recent times because of PVCs expiring.

Reacting to this, Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla countered this claim.

According to Eyinla, people do not need to re-register because their cards are still valid for the upcoming elections.

He said;

“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations."

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi also stated that criminality involved in for persons who engage in double registration.

“In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once. Once a name appears on the National Register of Voters, it stays there permanently.

“One of the very few instances where a name could be removed from the register is if there’s a strong and verifiable proof that the person bearing the name has died,” Oyekanmi said.

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