The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that permanent voter cards are being cloned by yet-to-be-identified people in Imo state.
Prof Francis Ezeonu, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, made this known on Friday in Owerri, the state capital, during the unveiling of ‘The Amalgamation of Imo Professional Bodies and Associations’.
He admonished the people to stop handing over their PVCs to anybody.
Ezeonu, who said that some politicians were working to undermine the commission’s efforts in making sure that the elections were credible, insisted that “votes will count in Imo state in 2019.”
He stated, “I have come to appeal to you to make sure that people collect their PVCs. As we speak, there are 500,000 unclaimed PVCs in Imo.
“This election that I am in charge must count. Nobody will rig elections because we are working hard to ensure transparent processes. Tell your people to go and collect their PVCs.”
The Chairman, AIPA, Emeka Diwe, said the association was working with INEC and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the elections were credible.