The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says all Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by Commission in 2011 and after need no revalidation and can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections.
The Commission made the clarification following information trending in the social media urging those with such PVC’s to go for revalidation to avoid being disenfranchised during the coming elections.
Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, who made the clarification in a statement made available to Oriental News Nigeria said the PVC’s can be used in the upcoming Federal Capital Territoy (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election.
“To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation.
“It is also not true that the Commission will use the so called “New Card Reader” for the 2023 General Election.” Oyekanmi said.
According to him, What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget , known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).
This he said is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication .
The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day.
He advised the general public to disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation, adding, “There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”