The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that the issuance of transferred temporary voter’s card to the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, last week has not affected the criminal case of double registration against him.
This was made known on Thursday by the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, James Apam, during an interactive session with journalists in Lokoja
He said the pending issue of double registration against the governor was still pending and had not taken away his right of transfer of his registration details.
Recall that the commission had, last year, accused Bello of double registration, and said he would have been prosecuted but for his immunity.
However, three INEC staff were indicted, as two officials were dismissed, while an Assistant Director was suspended.
But in what looks like a shift of position on Monday, INEC confirmed that Governor Bello applied for the transfer of his permanent voter’s card from Abuja to Okene and his application has been approved, while his temporary voter’s card has been issued to him in Okene.
Apam said Bello applied for the transfer of his registration details from Abuja to his Okene country home, noting that the application was found qualified for transfer after it was subjected to legal scrutiny.
“The fact that he had been alleged to have registered twice does not take away his right of transfer of the existing registered voters card; when the time comes, INEC will do the needful,” he added.