The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi on 21st January 2022.

He 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.

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.”

Rotimi, therefore, enjoined the general public to disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation adding that there is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.





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