INEC Secures Conviction of Person in Possession of Several PVCs

INEC Secures Conviction of Person in Possession of Several PVCs

…Develops Standard Operating Procedure for PVC Collection Justice may be slow in coming but it sure comes; a man arrested in possession of 101 Permanent Voter’s Cards, Nasiru Idris has been convicted and jailed for one year in Sokoto, Sokoto State. Another, arrested with 367 PVCs in Kano State is awaiting judgement in Court for

…Develops Standard Operating Procedure for PVC Collection

Justice may be slow in coming but it sure comes; a man arrested in possession of 101 Permanent Voter’s Cards, Nasiru Idris has been convicted and jailed for one year in Sokoto, Sokoto State. Another, arrested with 367 PVCs in Kano State is awaiting judgement in Court for violating the Electoral Act (2022 Amended) by being in possession of 367 PVCs.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education in a statement on Saturday said “in the last couple of weeks, the Nigeria Police has arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voter’s cards in some States of the federation.

“In one case, the Police has concluded investigation and handed over the case file to the Commission resulting in the successful prosecution of one Nasiru Idris at a Magistrate Court in Sokoto, who was found to be in possession of 101 PVCs in contravention of sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2022. He has been sentenced to a year in prison.

“Similarly, the Police in Kano State has arrested a man who was found to be in possession of 367 PVCs. The suspect has been charged to Court and the Commission is pursuing his prosecution”

There are sections of the law which deal the obligations of INEC as the electoral umpire charged with the registration of voters and distribution of PVCs to those registered. Any unauthorized persons who engage in such activities not being INEC staff has committed an offence under the law.

Specifically, Section 117 states that “the person commits an offence and liable on conviction to a maximum fine of N1 million- or 12-months imprisonment or to both”.

INEC has persistently advocated for the establishment of an Electoral Offences Commission which will be saddled with issues relating to different electoral offences. A bill to this effect is already with the National Assembly for deliberation and probable passage into law as part of the unbundling of INEC.

Meanwhile INEC will this week release the dates and procedures for the collection of PVCs. “Following the end of the statutory period for the display of the register of voters for claims and objections, the Commission is determined to make the collection of PVCs as seamless as possible. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been developed.

This will be discussed and finalized at a retreat November 28- December 2, in Lagos. The retreat will have in attendance all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). “At the end of the retreat, the Commission will release the dates as well as the detailed procedure for the immediate collection of PVCs nationwide”. Mr. Okoye said in his statement.

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