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INEC To Upgrade Smart Card Readers

A stack of Permanent Voters Cards

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has concluded plans to upgrade the card reader machines.

According to the commission, the exercise, set to begin this week, follows the uncovering of the planned cloning of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for sell, online, and in furtherance if its bid to continue to prevent the unauthorised and malicious access to Smart Card Readers.

INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, who disclosed this in a statement, said: “We wish to assure the public that the Commission had anticipated this and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials.

“Several security features and secret source codes are contained in the Smart Card Readers which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the Commission.”

He said the commission was working with security agencies to find those involved in the plan to clone the voter cards.

“INEC 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 and will continue to protect them from unauthorised 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,” Osaze-Uzzi stated.


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