The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has extended the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs by eight days.
A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Mr Festus Okoye says that the Commission took the decision to ensure that registered voters have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the forthcoming election.
The statement explains that instead of the previous deadline which is Sunday 22nd of this month, the collection of PVCs will continue until Sunday 29th of this month including Saturdays and Sundays.
According to the statement, there is also a consequential adjustment of the collection
at Registration Area Ward level and Collection at Local Government level.
It explains further that the Commission is investigating allegations of extortion by officials at some of the collection centres and inducement by some unscrupulous voters to circumvent processes to obtain their PVCs.
It warns that those found culpable will face disciplinary action and prosecution.
Meanwhile , the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has expressed concern over allegations of discriminatory issuance of PVCs in some locations.
This according to the commission, is against the law which says all bonafide registrants are entitled to their PVCs and to use them to vote on Election Day in any part of the country where they are registered.
The commission therefore directs Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs to ensure that no such practices occur nationwide and if it does, immediate disciplinary action should be taken against violators.
The Commission says it has printed 13,868,441 PVCs for all new valid registrants as well as applicants for transfer or replacement of cards.
By Kayode Oyedare,Edited by Grace Namiji