INEC has alerted the public to the existence of fake security identity tags bearing the name and logo of the commission.
During the first round of elections two weeks ago, the presidential and National Assembly elections, INEC issued different labels for journalists, observers and accredited security officials who are monitoring the elections.
It also provided a different label for access to the National Quotation Centers.
Gubernatorial elections today (Saturday) will be held in 28 states, while state assembly elections will be held in all 36 states.
The postponed Enugu East senatorial election and the Esan Central/Esan West/Igueben House of Representatives seats in Edo state will also be held today.
The Commission would announce another date for holding complementary elections derived from the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25, he said.
But hours before the start of gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the commission said it had been drawn to a fake security tag with “Full Access” printed in red ink.
In a statement from commission spokesman Festus Okoye, INEC said the label did not emanate from it.
He called on Nigerians to report anyone they come across with such a tag, saying anyone wearing such a tag is on illegal duty and subject to arrest and prosecution.
“We want to categorically affirm that the identity card did not emanate from the Commission. The identity cards for the security personnel in electoral functions were issued by the security agencies and not by the Commission,” he said.
“Anyone carrying an identity card supposedly issued by the Commission for security personnel can only be on illegal duty. Such a person is subject to arrest and prosecution.
“The public is alerted to this diabolical action of some misdirected elements and to report such persons to security agencies.”
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