INEC Issues Statement On Revalidation Of PVCs Issued In 2011 And After

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the story which directed Nigerians to validate permanent voters card (PVC) issued in 2011, saying it is untrue.

The commission urged Nigerians to ignore the fake news making round on the internet that PVCs issued in 2011 will be revalidated.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, in Abuja, the commission explained that the PVCs issued in 2011 and after remained valid and would be used in all elections.

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The commission said the card remains valid also for the 2023 General Election.

Describing as untrue the report that “New Card Reader” would be used for the 2023 general elections, the commission said, “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.

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“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.

“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.

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“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,” Oyekanmi said.

Recall that a report trending online titled “Important Information,” called on registered voters to check the back of their Voter’s Card.

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According to the statement, INEC quoted the authors saying; “if it was registered in 2011, you need to revalidate it at the INEC office.

The misleading report also stated that the new INEC Card reader for the 2023 election would not be able to read the card.

They asked people to revalidate it now to avoid disenfranchisement.”

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