INEC queries, withdraws 2 staff from field over extortion of PVC registrants

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Benue State on Sunday, said it has issued queries to two staff for allegedly extorting registrants in Oju Local Government Area.

It said the commission has withdrawn the two officers from the ongoing voters’ registration in the community

This was contained in a statement by the administrative secretary of INEC in Benue, Shehu Abdulwahab.

He said the two staff were said to have been caught demanding money to register people, in the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR).

According to the statement, the commission has withdrawn the two members of staff from the field, issued them queries and replaced them, as an immediate measure to arrest the ugly situation.

”The attention of the commission has been drawn to reports that two of INEC staff in Oju Local Government Area allegedly demanded payment of a fee before registering citizens as voters in the local government.

”The commission is deeply concerned over this development as provisions have been made for our offices across the state to ensure a hitch-free exercise at no cost to the citizens.