INEC to prosecute multiple PVC registrants

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By Adekunle Williams

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will prosecute anyone involved in multiple registrations in the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) across the country.

Mr. Felix Daramola, the INEC Head of Electoral Operations, issued the warning at the Eight Annual Constituency Stakeholders Meeting in Agege, Lagos State on Thursday.

Daramola explained that the commission had been empowered by the new Electoral Act 2022, to prosecute anybody who registered more than once.

He, therefore, warned eligible voters who had yet to register not to register twice because the registrations would be seen in the INEC database.

“Don’t let us register twice, if you have registered before in a particular state and you register afresh in another state, the two registrations will be reflected on our database.

“If we discover such double registration, we may decide to remove the two names and prosecute the offender in accordance with the law,” he said.

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However, Daramola decried the low turnout of collection of the PVCs in the state, saying that the low rate was worrisome.

He said that 6,382 PVCs had been collected so far out of 34,242 PVCs that were produced in the first quarter.

The INEC official said the PVCs that had been collected were just 18 per cent of the total number.

Meanwhile, Daramola noted that a total of 1,091,157 uncollected PVCs were still with the commission out of registered voters of 6,570,271.

He said if the one million PVCs could be collected, then Lagos would be better for it in the forthcoming general election.

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