The Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised an alarm to caution Nigerians over a fake registration portal that is urging them to enroll for voter cards despite the closure of the exercise.
The fake site claimed that the federal government has approved individual registration online to avoid unnecessary crowds in the “NIMC” centers.
This development comes barely 24 hours after the commission suspended voter registration.
A statement issued on Monday by the INEC Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated that the site is not linked to the Commission and the link/portal is spurious and from a dubious source.
According to the statement “The Independent National Electoral Commission is the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arises.
“The Commission is solely responsible for organizing, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or organization.
“Members of the public are strongly advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers and should avoid such fake sites.
“The Commission has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration exercise nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for registration of voters.”
Recall, that the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) registration ends on 31 July. The deadline, initially set for 30 June, was extended to 31 July following public outcry.