By David Lawani
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has urged members of the public to disregard online site purported to be registering members for continuous voter registration saying the site is fake and unknown to the Commission.
Festus Okoye Esq, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in a statement said barely 24 hours after the suspension of the exercise it was surprised that the Commission was inundated with applications.
Okoye said the commission is the only statutory body assigned the duty to conduct the exercise and any other such group doesn’t have the legal right to embark on such duty.
He said: ” Barely 24 hours after the suspension of voter registration, the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to an online site urging Nigerians to enroll for “VOTER CARD (PVC)” registration claiming that the Federal Government has approved individual VOTER CARD (PVC) registration online to avoid unnecessary crowd in the “NIMC” CENTERS.
“The Commission states unequivocally that the site is not linked to the Commission and the link/portal is spurious and from a dubious source.
” The Independent National Electoral Commission is the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arises. The Commission is solely responsible for organizing, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or organization.
” Members of the public are strongly advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers and should avoid such fake sites.
“The Commission has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration exercise nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for the purposes of registration of voters”, he noted.