2 July, 2018
A recent report has it that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has received reports of attempts to clone PVCs and sell them online.
With this in view, the agency has released some official announcements regarding this recent development.
According to Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, the Director, Voter Education and Publicity; INEC, he said:
We wish to assure the public that the Commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials. Several security features and secret source codes contained in the smart card readers which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the commission.
See full Announcement in image below:
It is for this reason that, beginning from next week, we are commencing the systematic hardware and software upgrade of all the Smart Card Readers nationwide. It is worthy of note that this enhancement had already been successfully done in Ekiti and Osun, preparatory to the upcoming Governorship elections in both States.
We wish to reassure the public that our systems are robust even as we continue to fortify them ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Also as a sequel update to the one released earlier, the INEC director of Media and Publicity had this to add:
Further to the Public Statement issued yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hereby confirms that pursuant to its engagements with concerned agencies and parties, the two advertisements for PVCs have been removed from the online site where they were advertised, with the assurance that they will not be posted again.
INEC is aware of several attempts to compromise its systems and platforms, including its website. We will however like to take this opportunity to again reassure the public of the integrity of its cards, equipment and processes. We will continue to subject these to regular tests, reviews and updates.