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TRUE! PVC registration concert to hold at Eagle Square Abuja

Claim: WhatsApp users claim that INEC has scheduled a PVC registration concert for June 20 to 25 at Eagle square. 

Our findings show a voter registration campaign and concert will be held in Abuja from June 20 to June 25, 2022.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in collaboration with YIAGA Africa and the European Union held a Permanent Voter Card (PVC) registration concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos on Saturday, June 12, 2022. 

This was preceded by a Youth Vote Count campaign from Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10, 2022. This campaign was designed to mobilise citizens, especially the youth to participate in the electoral process. 

Recently, different WhatsApp users took to their status to announce that INEC is set to hold a similar concert at the Eagle Square in Abuja from June 20-25.

Screenshot of the viral WhatsApp Status.

Verification

A keyword search on Google led to reports announcing the concert in Lagos by The Guardian, The Nation, Vanguard and Business Day but nothing on a concert in Abuja.

We also did not find any announcement of a concert in Abuja on INEC’s Twitter account and website, so we reached out to INEC’s commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye. 

He confirmed this was true, explaining that the concert will be held on Saturday, June 25, after voter registration which will commence from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24. 

“The PVC registration concert will begin on Monday, June 20, 2022, and the concert will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Eagle Square Abuja”.

This was also announced by Yiaga Africa (@YIAGA) in a tweet Tuesday afternoon with the same details shared by INEC’s commissioner. 

Screenshot of concert Flyer shared by YIAGA

We found a tweet by the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (@EU_SDGN) also announcing this. 

Conclusion

Our findings show a voter registration campaign and concert will be held in Abuja from June 20 to June 25, 2022.

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