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The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ), has on Friday extended the date for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards ( PVCs ) which was scheduled to end on February 8, 2019 before.
The collection of PVCs would now end on Monday, February 11, 2019. It will take place from 9am to 6pm daily.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu disclosed this while interacting with Resident Electoral Commissioners ( RECs) at INEC headquarters in Abuja. He directed all state offices to review the procedure for the collection of the cards and dedicate all the staff of the local government offices to the collection process.
He also enjoined staff to be civil in attending to citizens and not escalate issues that they cannot immediately resolve, adding : “ The Commission wishes to reassure Nigerians that we will continue to take every necessary step to ensure that no registered voter is disenfranchised on account of non- collection of PVCs.
“Similarly , the Commission is taking urgent steps to address complaints of unavailability of the PVCs of some registered voters before the end of the deadline for the collection ” .
Yakubu explained that after the Monday deadline , all uncollected PVCs would be recalled and deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) for safe- keeping until after the general elections when the collection of cards and the continuous registration of voters would resume.
OJOMEDIALINE gathered that before the extension, some registered voters are faced with inability to obtain their PVCs due to omission during the process of production.