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Election materials for 2019 polls cannot be manipulated, says INEC


The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday said electoral process in preparation of the 2019 general elections is robust and beyond manipulation.

“I wish to assure you that our electoral processes have gone beyond the capacity of our own officials to manipulate,” INEC chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu said. He assured Nigerians of security of election materials.


Responding to the speculations, Yakubu said the claims of the Permanent Voter’s Card being manipulated were “ludicrous”, saying the commission has already planned to combat such.

The INEC chairman stated that asides the PVC advert on a Chinese store,, the advert was also on two other online platforms which have been taken down after the commission contacted the websites.

He maintained that the level of security of election materials will make it difficult for the commission’s officials to manipulate.

Yakubu noted that the card readers have been configured to specific polling units 72 hours or less before an election, only on election day from 8 am and will manually shut down for accreditation after the last person on the queue has voted or automatically by 8 pm.

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