Card Reader Can’t be compromised – INEC Boss
Prof Yakub Mahmood, Chairman, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says no one can use the identification number on the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to comprise the smart card reader on Election Day. Mahmood, stated this at a forum tagged “Women National Dialogue with INEC Chairman” organized by European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) with INEC on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mahmood was responding to a question on insinuations that some party agents were collecting PVCs’ identification numbers in exchange for N10,000 TraderMoni scheme. He maintained that there was no way anybody could compromise the integrity of the process simply by knowing the voter identification number of voters. The Chairman said that it was unimaginable for someone to go and give money to collect voter identification number to manipulate the elections.
The INEC Boss cleared the air on speculations that the distribution of cash to petty by the Federal Government was a covert ploy to induce voters ahead of the general elections.
In his word, “In respect of TraderMoni, we heard that some people had been going round inducing voters to produce their PVCs, copy the voter identification numbers and return the PVCs to the voters. Mahmood further said, “No one should believe that somehow they can induce the voters and copy the voter identification numbers to comprise the smart card readers and therefore comprise the elections. I want to assure you and assure Nigerians that nothing like that can happen on Election Day,”
He assured that there was no way anyone could use the voter identification number to either comprise the smart card reader on Election Day or compromise the process. In his words, “There is no way anybody can compromise the integrity of the process simply by knowing the voter identification number of voters,”
The Chairman however said that preference would be given to the pregnant women, nursing mothers and people living with disabilities irrespective of the age, on queue during the elections. He also called on Nigerians registered but yet to pick their voters card to do on or before Friday.He said that there was still opportunity for anyone to pick his or her PVCs before the Election Day
He commended some women groups for sensitizing Nigerians on the need to pick up their PVC’s and vote peacefully during the upcoming elections.
Mahmud said that INEC was committed to enhancing women’s participation in the 2019 elections.
Mahmood assured that the commission would continue to uphold the truth and obey court orders irrespective of the number of cases. He said the commission engaged over a million ad-hoc staff for general elections. He said INEC always recognizes those who have served well by granting them automatic employment after election.