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‘PVCs’ found in refuse dumps in Enugu


PACKS of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were at the weekend found in a refuse dumpster inside the Enugu East Local Council secretariat at

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   The Guardian gathered that the permanent voter’s cards were first seen by some concerned Nigerians who thereafter, alerted other members of the public. Those who saw the cards expressed shock over the development wondering if the cards were not those meant for distribution to eligible voters.

   Some residents who visited the council area, which is on the outskirts of Enugu capital city, saw the heaps of the essential electoral materials, inside the refuse dumpster provided by the Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) for evacuation of refuse.

   The residents who came to catch a glimpse of the items, suspected a sabotage by officials charged with the responsibility of distributing the PVCs and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its officials to fish out the saboteurs.

   “Since the PVCs were found in dumpsters right inside the Enugu East secretariat, security operatives should quickly move in to investigate the matter and ensure that those behind this sabotage are brought to book because these cards are meant for voters and with the destruction, they are already disenfranchised,” said one of the residents.

   Some others who looked at the cards carefully said the PVCs might be fake as necessary security features on the original PVCs being distributed by INEC were lacking on the ones found at the refuse dump.

   The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu, said when contacted that the police cannot move in unless on the invitation of INEC.

   The Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, also contacted, said he was away in Aba, Abia State, but would send his staff to the place for investigation.

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