*says it won’t use “New Card Reader” for 2023 polls
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) on Saturday insisted that the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by the commission in 2011 and after can is still valid for voting in elections.
INEC in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Lawrence Oyekanmi also said t is not true that the Commission will use the so called “New Card Reader” for the 2023 General Election.
In the statement, INEC stressed ” what the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget , known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED)”
” The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including 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 said
INEC added, ” it is also not true that the Commission will use the so called “New Card Reader” for the 2023 General Election.What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget , known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).”
” It 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” .
According to INEC, ” 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”.
The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”