By G9ija

INEC in Abia State has urged its staff to refrain from any unethical behavior during the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Bamidele Oyetunji, the Head of Public Affairs Unit of INEC in Abia, emphasized this point in a recent interview in Aba on Monday.

Mr Oyetunji emphasized that the commission will not tolerate any form of bribery or corruption during the distribution of PVCs.

He instructed staff members to simply provide voter cards to the public and assist those with issues by providing them with instructions to verify their information online.

“Our staff members do not need to search for anything on the internet. All they need to do is to give people their voter cards.

“Anybody whose card is not found or those with challenges should be given a note to verify online by themselves,” Mr Oyetunji said.

Some residents of Aba have previously accused INEC officials of charging a fee of N500 for issuing voter cards.

Ijeoma Bernard, a resident, reported that she was asked to pay a fee of N500 as a “verification fee” before receiving her PVC. Nwanyioma Enyinnaya, another resident, claimed that INEC officials refused to assist her because she was unable to pay the requested fee.

Iheanaetu Roseline,a resident, expressed concerns that her card could not be located despite the effort she put into registering.

Many residents of Osisioma and Aba North Local Government Areas came out in large numbers to collect their PVCs.