Nigerian Permanent Voter’s Card Sold on Alibaba
With less than a year to the 2019 general elections, Nigeria’s sole instrument of franchise, the Permanent Voter’s Cards, aka PVC have debuted as the latest wares on the popular Chinese internet market – Alibaba.
According to the available information, the PVC goes for 0.05 US Dollars (less than 20 naira) each. However, the “customer” could order his unique specifications from 1,000 units and above. Also the seller has a production capacity of over 300,000 pieces per day.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted with shock. As a matter of fact, some are just against the Chinese for such illegality. Others however believe it could have been sponsored by Nigerians who plan to exploit the current situation.
Meanwhile note that as per the claim of the seller, it would take him barely two months to provide the whole nation with a PVC. At their proposed rate, it would cost just about 3 billion Naira as against the humongous budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission in a statement by Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, said
“The clone and sale of the cards were anticipated. Meanwhile measures have been taken to preserve and further secure electoral materials.”
He added that “Several security features and secret source codes are contained in the Smart Card Readers. These enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the Commission. The advertisement shows photographs of blank cards, which have not been personalised and which do not contain any details.”
The Statement further said, “This notwithstanding, the Commission wishes to state that it takes these reports seriously and will engage the government and security agencies as well as the promoters of the platform in order to get to the root of it and take all necessary action to take down the advertisement forthwith.
“In addition to the existing features, the Commission is already working to further secure the PVCs and the Smart Card Readers. It will also continue to protect them from unauthorized and malicious access. It is for this reason that, beginning from next week, we are commencing the systematic hardware and software upgrade of all the Smart Card Readers nationwide.”
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