INEC Announce Date For The Collection Of PVCs

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, starting on January 6, 2023, different wards would be responsible for collecting Permanent Voter Cards.

The commission also said that starting on Monday, December 12, 2022, PVC collection would begin at each of its offices in the nation’s 774 local government districts.

In a statement released on Friday, INEC stated that the decision was made at its recent retreat in Lagos when the process and the schedule for collecting PVCs were both finalized.

The collecting would be moved to the 8,809 Registration Area/Wards starting in January, according to the announcement, which was signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

“The commission has designated Monday, December 12, 2022, to Sunday, January 22, 2023, as the dates for the collection of PVCs in all 774 Local Government Offices of the commission throughout the Federation,” the announcement said in part.

The Commission further decided to delegate PVC collection to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from January 6 until January 15, 2023. The Registration Areas/Electoral Wards are where those who are unable to pick up their PVCs at the Local Government Offices of the Commission can do so. The exercise will return to the Local Government Offices of the Commission on January 15, 2023, and continue there through January 22, 2023.

“All qualified and legitimate registrants may pick up their PVCs from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, every day, including weekends.

“All the RECs and Electoral Officers have been directed to call a meeting with the key stakeholders in their States and Local Government Areas, including traditional and religious leaders, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, and the media to brief them on the procedures for collecting PVCs to educate the public and ensure a smooth election process.

The same goes for RECs and EOs, who have been instructed to set up help desks to assist registrants with complaints regarding their PVCs or the PVC collection process for prompt redress.

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