Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised members of the public to disregard false assurances on regulations the commission has outlined for the elections set for this weekend.
The country is bracing for Governorship and State Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday.
Kayode Idowu, INEC Chief Press Secretary, said the commission had received reports some political leaders were asking members of the public to disregard its stated resolve to use Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and Smart Card Readers (SCRs) for the polls.
A particular state governor in the North Central geo-political zone was reported to have assured voters in the state that they could vote without the cards.
Idowu said the unnamed leader assured prospective voters that INEC would not insist on the use of SCRs for voter accreditation.
"The Commission reaffirms that only voters with genuine PVCs should come out to the polling units on Election Day," Idowu said.
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"Guidelines issued on the use of SCRs for the April 11 elections will be strictly applied. Any action infringing these guidelines will be an electoral offence, and security agents will be on hand to apprehend offenders,” Idowu stated.
The commission considered it unfortunate that some leaders would misguide the public and thereby prepare ground for needless disruptions to the polling process on April 11.
“INEC hereby warns that any obstruction to the processes it has put in place for the elections by any person, no matter how highly placed, will constitute an electoral offence punishable in lawn” Idowu said.
Meanwhile, the commission commended Nigerian voters for their peaceful conduct and exemplary resilience, even in the face of minor challenges, during the Presidential and National Assembly elections on March 28.
The use of PVCs, as card readers malfunctioned in some parts of the country, marred the Presidential poll which nonetheless was endorsed as free and fair.