- The Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner Francis Ezeonu has cried out over the alleged cloning of voters’ cards
- Ezeonu said the dubious act might pose a serious problem during the 2019 general election, if not checked properly
- The REC, however, said he has been talking to traditional rulers to make efforts in sensitising the people
The Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner Francis Ezeonu has raised alarm over the alleged several duplications of voters’ cards in preparation for the 2019 general elections in the state.
Guardian reports that Ezeonu said some people had been going about dubiously collecting voters cards from unsuspecting voters and promising to use their Bank Verification Number to organise empowerment programmes for them.
According to him, ''INEC is aware that people are trying to clone the voters’ cards. Vote buying has remained a big electoral problem in Nigeria, but it is a crime for anybody to induce voters.''
He said though it might be difficult to clone the card without biometric software, people should not give out their voters’ cards to desperate politicians.
The REC also disclosed that despite public enlightenment, about 384,000 people had yet to collect their voters’ cards in Imo state.
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He said: ''I have been talking to traditional rulers and traders in the efforts to sensitise the people. We are doing our bit, given the resources available to us.
''We do not have the capacity to handle huge elections, but the success of Anambra and Edo elections shows that there is every need to stagger elections in the country.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Willie Obiano denied some media reports alleging that he might run for the 2019 presidential election.
Obiano in a statement issued by his senior special assistant on media James Eze said the report was a manifestation of speculation carried too far and have no shred of truth in them.
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