The deadline for collecting Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) has been extended by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to February 5, 2023.
INEC had previously extended the deadline for collecting PVCs, but Festus Okoye, a National Commissioner with the electoral umpire, said the deadline has been pushed forward by one week.
He stated that the decision was made following a meeting of INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
“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 across the country will thus continue and end on February 5, 2023,” Okoye said in a statement on Saturday.
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“The Commission is extending PVC collection nationwide for the second time, and this will be the final extension. The collection period has been extended by two hours and will now begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.”
He urged Nigerians who have yet to choose their PVCs to do so, while applauding the exercise’s progress thus far.
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“The Commission once again salutes citizens’ patience and tenacity,” Okoye said in a statement.
INEC urged Nigerians to report sharp practices in PVC collection centers, promising that the Commission would take action.
“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 that all those who carried out valid registration have an opportunity to collect their PVCs,” the statement stated.
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