The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has fixed Monday 12 December 2022 to Sunday January 22, 2023 as the dates for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs in all the Seven Hundred and seventy four Local Government Offices of the Commission nationwide .
A statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye says the Commission also resolved to devolve PVC collection to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January 2023.
“Those that are unable to collect their PVCs at the Local Government Offices of the Commission can do so at the Registration Areas/Electoral Wards.”
It also indicates that after the 15th of January 2023, the exercise will revert to the Local Government Offices of the Commission until 22nd January 2023.
According to the statement,all eligible and valid registrants can collect their PVCs from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.
It states that all the Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs and Electoral Officers (EOs) have been directed to convene a meeting with critical stakeholders in their States and Local Government Areas, including traditional and religious leaders, civil society groups, community-based organisations and the media to brief them on the modalities for the collection of the PVCs to sensitise the public and ensure seamless exercise.
Similarly, RECs and EOs have also been directed to set up help desks to assist registrants with complaints about their PVCs or with the PVC collection procedure for immediate redress.
It adds that the Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians, especially those who registered as voters or applied for transfer/replacement of 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 hitch-free for Nigerians.”
PR/Ogo Okoronkwo EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI