According to Victor Aluko, the Director of Voter Education and Publicity at the Independent National Electoral Commission, every voter must present their Permanent Voter Card to be allowed to vote, News About Nigeria reports.
He reiterated this stance during an appearance on Channels Television’s program, The 2023 Verdict, on Friday evening. Aluko also dismissed rumors that the commission had changed its position, stating that any reports suggesting voters could participate without their voter cards are fake news.
“INEC has not reviewed that slogan. No PVC, no voting. It still subsists. And we have been drumming into the ears of Nigerians, that they should please ignore these social media posts that are circulating everywhere. Today, when our chairman was responding, he just said it’s fake news. And of course, there are a lot of fake news around today.
“At election periods like these, we should let Nigerians have the facts, the basic facts, so that it would help their participation. If you do not have the PVC, you cannot even come to our polling units. The election officials will not allow you to join the queue. And if you want to forcefully come into the place, the Presiding Officer will inform the security agencies to deal with the person.
“So, it is good that we deal with the facts, it is good that we follow what INEC has said, rather than what some fake INEC officials are saying. No PVC, no voting. PVC is at the centre of our operations.”
The commission anticipates that only the 87.2 million voters with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will participate in the polls. Those who were unable to obtain their PVCs will have to wait for the next election cycle to cast their votes.
“87.2 million Nigerians have PVCs, out of 93.4 million registered voters. Those are the people we are expecting in our polling units. Anybody who was not able to collect the PVC, it is not a crime. In future, they can still collect their PVCs and vote, life continues, there will be life after these elections.
“During the CVR, we encouraged those who lost their cards, even those whose cards were spoilt, just tell us in INEC, we will give you another one free of charge. So, those who did so, got new cards. Anybody who did not do so, did not want to do, and so in future they can still do that.
“If out of the 87.2 million Nigerians who have PVCs, if we can get 80% of them to vote tomorrow, that will be a great thing for the country. We are ready to receive them at our polling units. So, we are preparing for those who have PVCs, and we are not really bothered at this time, about those who do not have PVCs. So, if you don’t have PVC, don’t even come to the polling unit,” he said.