“No PVC, No Voting”, disregard disinformation campaign – INEC

“ A person intending to vote in an election shall present himself with his voter’s card to a Presiding Officer for accreditation at the polling unit in the constituency in which his name is registered”.

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PVCs required for voting

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has condemned attempts by some misguided elements to confuse Nigerians and discourage voters from coming out to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

INEC says that this is a disingenuous attempt to disenfranchise millions of prospective voters.

Debunking the new wave of disinformation and misinformation, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the INEC Chairman referred Brandpowerng to Section 47(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which reads that: “ A person intending to vote in an election shall present himself with his voter’s card to a Presiding Officer for accreditation at the polling unit in the constituency in which his name is registered”.

Oyekanmi decried what he termed a combination of disinformation and misinformation being pushed out by familiar forces at regular intervals to confuse Nigerians as this could be a ploy to discourage people from collecting their PVCs because the authors know that without it, you cannot vote.

INEC’s position is however firmly hinged on the provision of the Electoral law which makes it mandatory that voters must present their PVCs in order to be processed and allowed to vote. It, therefore, means that “No PVC, No Voting”.

Registered voters are thus enjoined to ensure that they collect their voters’ cards and come out en masse to vote during the 2023 elections.

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UPDATE ON PVC

Contrary to speculation that without your Permanent Voters Card PVC you cannot vote on election, INEC said provided your name is in their register you can vote on election day. If you had registered with INEC but unable to collect your PVC before election day. What you just need to do is on election day, go to your polling unit where you registered and check for your name in the register on display before the election day. If yours appears, then meet the polling unit officer with VIN number in register. With the help of the BVAS you can vote on election day.

Now, this is how the BVAS works. There will be no thumb printing for other people this time around. Once you are able to give your VIN number to the electoral officers, he or she will allow you to place thumb on the BVAS machine. This means your temporary voter card is still valid. Keep it. Once you place your thumb on the BVAS machine, it will first display your BioData (picture, birthday and other information about you). And thereafter, the BVAS machine will display all the political parties Logo and you will then thumbprint the party you wish to vote for.The BVAS machine will transmit your voting results to the relevance collation center.

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No one else can use your PVC on election day and there will be no card reader in use on election day. However, go and collect your PVC to make your voting process easy.