The Abia State Police Command have apprehended three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission with over 10, 000 Permanent Voter Cards.
According to reports, the suspects were arrested while trying to move the PVCs illegally to a location where they were supposed to be used to rig elections in favour of some politicians in last Saturday’s postponed election.
One of the suspects identified as Stella was apprehended at a checkpoint at INEC head office in Umuahia, Abia’s state capital.
She was said to have stuffed the PVCs in the booth of her Honda Accord saloon car with Registration No.AKD 953 FN.
Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, prof. Joseph Iroh said the suspects were employees of INEC adding there were on an official assignment in Ikuano Local Government Area before they were arrested.
He, however, added that the INEC office in the state was not contacted to properly clear them before they were taken to the police station to make statement.
The Abia State Police Public Relation Officer also confirmed the suspects were arrested by the police in the state.
He said one of the suspects claimed that she was reportedly returning the uncollected PVCs to the INEC head office before she was arrested by the police.