2015 Elections: Fake card holders will be prosecuted – INEC

By Post Nigeria January 3, 2015 16:22

2015 Elections: Fake card holders will be prosecuted – INEC

As the 2015 general elections draw closer, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said it will prosecute anyone found parading fake permanent voter’s card during the elections which come up next month.

Punch news reports that INEC said its card was designed with readers to identify and reject any voter’s card that was not issued by the commission, saying holders of such counterfeit cards would be handed over to security operatives for prosecution.

Mr. Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, made this known in a telephone interview session with journalists on Thursday.

He said, “It is a criminal offence to present or attempt to use a fake voter’s card for voting. Every electoral offence has a penalty. It is a criminal offence and the security agencies will be invited, but the bottom line, as far as our own process is concerned, is that fake cards cannot be used because our card readers have been designed to reject any card INEC did not issue.

“People make all manners of allegations of card cloning, but we are just reassuring the public that even if that was done, it will be filtered and the perpetrators would be made to face the law.”

Mr. Idowu still speaking, said the PVC would be used for the verification and authentication of voters, which would make the voting process move along with ease because it was an improvement on the previous ones which were used for elections by the commission.

He said, “It is a two-stage process, when the card is swiped on the card reader, the data of the owner that is already stored on the card will pop up on the screen of the reader, and for that information to pop up on that screen is a confirmation that the card is produced by INEC, which is the verification.

“The next step is to check that the person who brings the card is the rightful owner, so when the person’s finger print is taken and it matches the one on the card’s chip through the reader, and it says verified, that is when the card can be used to vote. But when it says ‘not verified’, that card cannot be used.”