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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Breaking: INEC extends PVC collection deadline

By Our Correspondent

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has announced a further extension of the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards PVCs by one week.

The new deadline is February 5.

This was as the commission told those who engaged in multiple registrations not to bother visiting its local government offices to collect their cards, saying their PVCs were not printed.

According to the commission, this extension would be the final concession it would be granting to those who are yet to collect their PVCs.

The Commission had on Friday met with its Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs to deliberate on several issues including the ongoing collection of PVCs.

At the meeting, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission would not hesitate to consider additional measures to ensure that all registrants have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the polls.

INEC had also recently mandate its field officials to report cases of unlocated PVCs to their various RECs for necessary action.

The commission in a statement issued Saturday and signed by Festus Okoye however hailed the enthusiasm shown by Nigerians in the collection of their PVCs.

He said the commission took the decision at its meeting on Saturday in Abuja.

Part of the statement reads; "Having reviewed reports from all the States of the Federation, the Commission is encouraged by the progress made so far as more Nigerians troop out daily to collect their PVCs.

"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 nationwide will therefore continue and end on 5th February 2023.

"This is the second time the Commission is extending PVC collection nationwide and this will be the last extension of the exercise.

"Collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9am and end at 5pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays.

"Those that engaged in double and multiple registration should not bother visiting any of the Commission’s Offices as the Commission did not print their PVCs.

"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 all those that carried out valid registration have an opportunity of collecting their PVCs.

"The Commission once again salutes the patience and doggedness of citizens".

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