INEC extends PVC collection deadline to January 29

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday extended by seven days the deadline for collection of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.

The exercise will now conclude on January 29, rather than January 22, as previously scheduled.

Since the collection of PVCs began, the polity has been inundated with citizen complaints about difficulties in obtaining the cards, exacerbated by extortion by INEC officials and alleged refusal to distribute the cards to non-indigenes in some states.

Acting on the issue, INEC also vowed to punish any staff found to have extorted or discriminated against any registered voter in the issuance of the PVCs.

National Commissioner in charge of the Information and Voter Education Committee at the commission, Dr. Festus Okoye, disclosed the extension in a statement, yesterday.

He said the decision was a fallout of Thursday’s regular meeting wherein the commission deliberated on a number of issues, including the ongoing collection of PVCs nationwide.

He said: “The commission is encouraged by the turnout of registered voters and the surge in the number of collected PVCs across the country. In some of the states, as many as 100,000 PVCs were collected in the last five days since the devolution to Ward level started on January 6, 2023.

“The commission is determined to ensure that registered voters have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the forthcoming election. For this reason, the timeframe for collection of PVCs is extended by eight days. Instead of ending on January 22, 2023, the collection of PVCs will continue until January 29, 2023. At the moment, the period of collection is 9a.m., – 3p.m., daily (including Saturdays and Sundays).

“As a result of this extension, there is a consequential adjustment of the collection by location as follows: “Collection at Registration Area (Ward) level is extended by one week from January 16 to 22, 2023.

“Collection at Local Government level will resume on January 23 to 29, 2023.”

 

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