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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday revealed that it has uncovered a scheme by hackers attempting to alter card readers ahead of the 2019 elections.
INEC said the hackers were collecting Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) with the plan to preload card readers for the elections.
The commission also raised the alarm over “new tricks” of vote buying making the rounds.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja at the presentation of the Voter Register for the 2019 general elections to political parties.
Yakubu said that the commission had received credible information that some political actors were going around buying up Permanent Voter Cards from voters or financially inducing them to collect the Voter Identification Numbers on their PVCs.
“In some instances, telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected. By collecting the PVCs, their intention may be to deprive the voters of voting since no one can vote without the PVC.
“By collecting their phone numbers and bank details, the intention is to induce voters by electronic transfer of funds to their accounts since it will be difficult to buy votes at polling units.
“By collecting the VINs, they may be acting on the mistaken notion that our system can be hacked and the Card Readers somehow preloaded ahead of the election and compromised.
akubu said that the commission had responded to the vote-buying menace in three ways, including the alteration of the configuration of polling units by moving the ballot boxes closer to the voting cubicles, making it difficult for voters to expose their marked ballot papers.