The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has responded positively to the outcry over problems that have attended the collection of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) across the country by further extending the deadline for the collection of the Cards that are needed for voting in the 2023 General Elections.
A statement by Festus Okoye Esq, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, said that the deadline is being extended by one week till Saturday, February 5, 2023.
He said that the time for collection of the Cards is also being extended by two hours and that it will now be from 9am to 5pm daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Okoye noted, however, that this will be the last time the deadline for the collection of the PVCs will be extended and assured that all reports of sharp practices during the exercise will be acted upon by the INEC to ensure that “no Nigerian is disadvantaged and all those that carried out valid registration have an opportunity of collecting their PVCs.”
Full text of the statement reads:
FURTHER EXTENSION OF TIMEFRAME FOR PVC COLLECTION NATIONWIDE
The Commission met today, Saturday, 28th January 2023 a day after its meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal capital Territory, Abuja and deliberated on a number of issues, including the reports from RECs on the ongoing collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in its 774 Local Government Offices nationwide.
It will be recalled that at the meeting with RECs on Friday, 27th January 2023, the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu indicated that the Commission will not hesitate to consider additional measures to ensure that all citizens have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the General Election.
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. 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.
Those that engaged in double and multiple registration should not bother visiting any of the Commission’s Offices as the Commission did not print their PVCs. The Commission will 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.
Festus Okoye Esq
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee
Saturday 28th January 2023