MAIDUGURI – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the alleged mass theft of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) by politicians in Borno will not affect the conduct of next month’s general elections.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) are accusing each other of perpetrating the alleged theft of the PVCs.
Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, the Borno INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) told newsmen in Maiduguri, that the alleged theft would add no advantage to the perpetrators.
According to him, stealing or hijacking PVCs will not give added advantage to any political party during the election.
“Well, I have not heard of the information on the alleged stealing or hijacking of PVCs by politicians in Borno, but if that is true, it is an exercise in futility,’’ he said.
Sa’ad added: “Stealing or hijacking PVCs will not make impact at the polls because no individual can use another person’s PVC on the election date.
“INEC is going to place card reading machines at every Polling Unit, the machine must recognise a voter before being issued with a ballot paper.’’
He said that the finger print of every voter must tally with that of the PVC before being allowed to vote.
“All those buying PVCs or hijacking them are just wasting their time.
“As far as INEC is concern, there is no chance for them on Election Day,’’ Sa’ad said.
He advised individuals whose PVCs were missing to exercise patience or take part in the Continuos Voter Registration (CVR) to get captured for the polls.
Sa’ad admitted that some polling units in the state were not presented with PVCs due to technical hitch.
“Some few polling units had no PVCs because the numbers of registered voters in those units are very few.
“The machine decided to wipe out the register because of the low number of voters on the list,’’ he said.
Sa’ad said individuals affected can still participate at the CVR to get captured for the polls.
He said INEC will continue with the CVR at the ward level even after the conclusion of the distribution of the PVCs at polling units.
“Our vehicles have already left for Abuja to evacuate the remaining PVCs that have just arrived the country for distribution in the state.
“This means that people can still get their PVCs few days to the election or even on voting day,’’ Sa’ad said.
He added: “However, the CVR will continue at ward level for individuals who were not registered or those with genuine reason for re-registration’’.
Sa’ad described the distribution of the PVCs in Borno as successful.