Verification: In verifying the claim, fact-checkers at Daily Trust visited the INEC official website to check for any possible update but found no such information.
Further investigation led this paper to speak with the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
He noted that those circulating the messages were “fifth columnists and purveyors of fake news as there was no such development from the commission”.
He stressed that the message did not emanate from the commission.
A fifth columnist is a member of a group of people who support the enemies of the country they live in and secretly help them.
However, INEC noted that only those who registered in the just concluded registration process are eligible to collect a PVC, and all they need to do is visit the INEC LGA office they registered or transferred to and present the printout given to them at the point of registration containing all necessary information of the intending voter with no thumbprint required.
As well all know, the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) is like a meal ticket, without it there’s no voting.
Interestingly, the collection of the PVC has been made easy by the commission as their offices are currently open every day from 9am to 3pm, including Saturdays and Sundays, which kicked off on December 12, 2022, to end on January 22, 2023.
Also, the commission has made its process transparent, giving every eligible citizen the right to voter information to avoid any form of misinformation or fake news circulating.
Conclusion: Based on available information, Trust Check can confirm that the message in circulation is false and intended to mislead.