The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it would continue to protect Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and card readers from unauthorised and malicious access.
This was contained in a statement by the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi.
Uzzi noted that the commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure the nation’s electoral materials, adding that the report would be investigated through engagement with the government and security agencies.
“Security features and secret source codes are contained in the Smart Card Readers, which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the commission,” he said.
In related development, the electoral body has distanced itself from posts and advertisements on the Internet displaying blank PVCs for sale.
Pictures were being circulated on social media platforms, displaying PVCs with a photo attachment column for sale on a popular Chinese online store, saying it was in agreement with INEC.