Saturday 28 January 2023

Again, INEC extends collection of PVCs nationwide

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again extended the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by a week. 

“Having reviewed reports from all the States of the Federation, the Commission is encouraged by the progress made so far as more Nigerians troop out daily to collect their PVCs.

“Arising from reports from the various States and discussions with Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Commission has decided to further extend PVC collection in all its Local Government Offices nationwide by an additional one week,” National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye disclosed in a statement on Saturday. 

It would be the second time the electoral body would be extending the collection of PVCs ahead of the general elections.

Many intending voters who have been visiting the office of the electoral body to get their PVCs had demanded that INEC extend the collection date. 

Some of them complained about the stress and cumbersome process of getting their voters card. 

Speaking further in the statement on Saturday, Mr Okoye said the ongoing collection would now end February 5. 

He added that those that engaged in double and multiple registrations should not bother visiting any INEC office, saying the commission did not print their PVCs.

“The ongoing collection of PVCs nationwide will therefore continue and end on 5th February 2023.

“This is the second time the Commission is extending PVC collection nationwide and this will be the last extension of the exercise.

“Collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9am and end at 5pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays,” he added. 

According to him, the electoral body would continue to act on all reported cases of sharp practices during the ongoing PVC collection.

“And will ensure that no Nigerian is disadvantaged and all those that carried out valid registration have an opportunity of collecting their PVCs. The commission once again salutes the patience and doggedness of citizens,” the statement further read. 


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