Nigerians can now get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) between December 12 and January 22, 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.
The electoral body revealed this in a statement from its National Commissioner and Chairman of Voter Information and Education, Festus Okoye, on Friday.
This followed a deliberation with the Resident Election Commissioners (RECS) of the 36 Federation States and the Federal Capital Territory, on various issues, including PVC on Thursday, Mr Okoye said.
He said that the Commission has also resolved to transfer PVC collection to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Districts from January 6 to 15, 2023.
“After January 15, 2023, the exercise will return to the Commission’s Local Government Offices until January 22, 2023.”
“Those who cannot pick up their PVC at the Commission’s Local Government Offices can do so at the Registration Areas / Electoral Districts,” he said.
He said people can pick up their PVCs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day, including Saturday and Sunday.
“It will be recalled that the Commission held a retreat in Lagos with all Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECS) of the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory from November 28 to December 2, 2022. At the withdrawal, the Commission finalized the procedure as well as the schedule for the collection of PVCs.)”, he said.
“Consequently, the Commission has set Monday, December 12, 2022 to Sunday, January 22, 2023 as dates for the collection of PVC in the 774 Local Government Offices of the Commission throughout the Federation.”
He said that all RECs and Election Officials (EOs) have been instructed to convene a meeting with critical stakeholders in their states and local government areas, to inform them of the modalities for the collection of PVCs to raise public awareness and ensure a exercise without problems.
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Stakeholders, according to Mr. Okoye, include traditional and religious leaders, civil society groups, community organizations and the media.
“Similarly, RECs and EOs have also been instructed to set up help desks to assist registrants with complaints about their PVCs or with the PVC collection procedure for immediate redress,” he said.
“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians, especially those who registered to vote or applied to transfer/replace their cards from January to July 2022. In making the cards available for collection, the Commission is also working to ensure that the process is simple and hassle-free for Nigerians.”
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