The arrest of two women in Enugu State, Nigeria, in connection with the alleged sale of INEC Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), has brought to light the issue of electoral fraud in the state. On January 31, 2023, police detectives at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Enugu State Command arrested 41-year-old Chinwendu Nnamani and 38-year-old Nkiruka Patience Obinna. Nnamani was seen in a viral social media video clip allegedly selling PVCs for N1,000 ($2.64) at Emene Enugu, while Obinna, an INEC staff member, was arrested for allegedly providing the PVCs to Nnamani.
The police have charged the suspects in court in accordance with the Electoral Act of 2022, and the case has been adjourned until February 15, 2023, for further hearing. Meanwhile, the suspects have been granted bail.
The sale of PVCs undermines the integrity of the electoral process and violates citizens’ democratic rights. The police’s commitment to investigating and prosecuting cases of electoral fraud sends a strong message that the authorities are determined to preserve the integrity of the electoral process and ensure that the election is free, fair, and credible.
DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrests and stated that the police are working to prevent electoral fraud and preserve the integrity of the electoral process. He encouraged the public to report any instances of fraud and to cooperate with the police in their investigations.
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The right to vote is a fundamental right of citizens, and protecting this right is crucial for the continued development of democracy in Nigeria. The recent actions taken by the Enugu State Police Command emphasize the importance of preserving the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring that every vote counts.
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