The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that persons who did double registration for Permanent Voters Card will not be prevented from voting in the forthcoming general elections in the country.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye made this known to newsmen on Sunday.
According to Okoye, those who are involved in double registration will not get a new pvc, saying that their cards were not printed.
However, he assured that they will work with the first one that was initially assigned to them, adding that the commission decided to retain their previous valid registration in order not to completely prevent them from casting their votes on election days.
He said “Only registrants that met the constitutional and legal requirements for registration will collect their Permanent Voter Cards. Those that engaged in double and multiple registrations are not entitled to new Permanent voter Cards and the commission did not print their cards.
“The commission decided to retain their previous valid registration in order not to completely disenfranchise them and such individuals can vote with their previous cards.”
Okoye, however, described double or multiple registration and possession of more than one PVC as an electoral offence.