‘Diabolical action’ — INEC raises alarm over fake ID cards for security personnel on election duty


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised an alarm over fake identity cards for security personnel on election duty.


Governorship and state assembly elections will hold on March 18 in 28 states across the country.


While there have been concerns about possible violence, the security agencies have assured of adequate deployment of personnel to polling units.


In a statement on Friday, Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, said the fake identity cards did not emanate from the commission.


Okoye said that identity cards for security personnel on election duty are issued by security agencies alone, not “the INEC”.


“The attention of the commission has been drawn to an identity card for security personnel bearing the name and logo of the commission with the inscription “complete access” boldly written in red at the bottom of it,” the statement reads.


“We wish to state categorically that the identity card did not emanate from the Commission. Identity cards for security personnel on election duty were issued by the security agencies and not the Commission.


 “Anyone bearing an identity card allegedly issued by the Commission for security personnel can only be on illegal duty. Such a person is liable to arrest and prosecution.


“The public is alerted to this diabolical action of some misdirected elements and to report any such persons to the security agencies.”

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