The Independent National Electoral Commission has warned that the claim of the leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, while addressing women leaders of the APC in Abuja, on Tuesday that Permanent Voters’ Cards have expired will push the citizens to engage in multiple registrations.
Tinubu also complained that there had also been a decline in the number of eligible voters in the country.
In his reaction to the claims of Asiwaju Tinubu, Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof Bolade Eyinla, explained that PVCs previously registered remain valid and advised those who already have PVCs not to bother about registering for another one.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he told Daily Trust.
Also speaking, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, pointed out that registering for PVC more than once is an offence under the law.
“In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once. Once a name appears on the National Register of Voters, it stays there permanently.
“One of the very few instances where a name could be removed from the register is if there’s a strong and verifiable proof that the person bearing the name has died,” Oyekanmi said.