Two staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and a politician were arrested by Department for State Services (DSS) and charged to a magistrate court in Port Harcourt for reportedly involved in buying and selling of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).
A politician and two staff members of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been charged to court for selling and buying PVCs.
The politician offered the two INEC staff sums of money for different purposes to influence electoral processes.
The bribes were meant to purchase over 3,000 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and to help register people illegally as voters.
The suspects Bessor Sorle, Darlington Ogolo, and Monday Rowland were caught selling and buying PVCs that belong to voters from ward seven in Opobo Nkoro local government area in Rivers state.
The three suspects were taken to court on an eight court charge of going against the electoral acts.
The statement by the DSS read: “Monday Rowland and Beesor Sorle, who are INEC staff, are accused of facilitating the buying of about 3097 PVC’s belonging to various registered voters in the area.”
The charge also said Darlington Ogolo, who is a politician among the suspects, was said to have allegedly paid a bribe of the sum of N300,000 to Bessor Sorle, a high ranking officer of INEC to get him 1,000 PVCs.
According to the charge report, Ogolo is also said to have paid N120,000 to Monday Rowland, a chief clerical staff of the commission so he can register voters in the same ward 7 in an illegal way.
The suspects, however, pleaded not guilty and were given the opportunity of bail with a surety each in the sum of N200,000 and with the condition that they must be residents of the Port Harcourt and civil servants.