The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced an extension of the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the country until February 5th, 2023. The collection was originally scheduled to end on January 29th, 2023.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated in a release on Saturday that this would be the second and final extension of the ongoing collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) nationwide. He mentioned that the Commission held a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where they discussed various issues, including reports on the ongoing collection of PVCs in 774 Local Government Offices across the country. The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, emphasized that the Commission is willing to take additional measures to ensure that all citizens have enough time to collect their PVCs before the General Election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced an extension of one week for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) nationwide after reviewing reports from all the states of the federation and noting an increase in the number of Nigerians collecting their PVCs. The collection period will also be extended by two additional hours, starting at 9 am and ending at 5 pm daily, including weekends. The Commission stated that this decision was made based on reports from the various states and discussions with Resident Electoral Commissioners and that this extension would be the final one.
The collection of PVCs will now end on February 5th, 2023. The commission stated that those who engaged in double and multiple registrations should not bother visiting any of the Commission’s offices as their PVCs will not be printed. The Commission also reassured that it would continue to act on all reported cases of sharp practices during the ongoing PVC collection and ensure that no Nigerian is disadvantaged. It also ensured that all valid registrants will have the opportunity to collect their PVCs.
Source: ThisDay Live