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Why fake voter cards won’t work – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission Monday said there is no possibility of cloned voter cards being used to cast a ballot in the next general.

The clarification came after a picture of a model of Nigeria’s permanent voter card was used in an advert by an ID card company on a Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba.com. The advert has since been taken down.

The commission also said it has no relationship or any agreement with the company.

“We wish to assure the public that the commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials,” said INEC’s director of voter education and publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi.

He assured the public of protection of electoral materials, saying “secret features and secret codes are contained in the smart card Readers which will enable them read-only PVCs duly issued by the Commission.”

Uzzi noted that the Commission was taking the report seriously with the engagement of security operatives to investigate the root of the false reports and advertisements.

He disclosed that the commission will commence systematic hardware and software upgrade and the inclusion of other features to ensure security for the PVCs from “malicious access” nationwide.


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