INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, festo okoye said this at a training for journalists organized by the Nigerian Journalists Syndicate in partnership with INEC in Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

What Okoye said: Okoye, who was represented by the deputy director in charge of the gender department, Ndidi Okafor, while addressing the meeting, said the only reason many people will not vote during the election is identity theft.

He insisted that anyone who buys PVC is embarking on an exercise in futility.

He said journalists play a critical role in deepening democracy, hence the training at a time when Nigeria nears another general election.

okyo said:Anyone who buys PVC is embarking on a wasted effort. It is an effort in vain. Futility exercise.

“It is not possible to seize ballot boxes and ballots again. It’s because of the technology. The only reason some people don’t vote is identity theft. What we are dealing with is the fingerprint and the face.

“So if your finger doesn’t match, then your face must match. If your fingerprint doesn’t match and your face doesn’t match, then you can’t vote, that means you don’t own the PVC. That is identity theft.

“Because the media is a stakeholder, a critical stakeholder for the case. So I want to appeal to the media, you are an interested party.

“Let me say it again, the only reason some people won’t vote during an election is identity theft. Therefore, we urge you to be a part of this education to raise public awareness. We need you to ensure accurate reporting.”

In the meantime: INEC president, professor Mahmud Yakubu, It has said that more than 100,000 vehicles and around 4,200 boats will be needed to transport personnel and sensitive materials to the various voting units in the 2023 general election.

Thus he assured Nigerians of the timely arrival of materials and personnel on election day.