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INEC Devolves PVC Collection To Wards, Registration Areas

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has devolved the collection of permanent voter cards (PVCs) to 774 local government offices.

Festus Okoye, the INEC national commissioner for information and voter education, said in Abuja yesterday that all validly registered voters who have yet to collect their PVCs should take advantage of the devolution of power to their wards.

Okoye said that after 15th January, 2023, all eligible and valid registrants will be able to collect their PVCs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, including Saturdays and Sundays. They will be required to return to the local government offices of the commission until 22nd January, 2023.

According to Okoye, INEC has also decided to delegate the collection of PVCs to the 8,809 registration areas/wards from Friday, 6th to Sunday, 15th January, 2023.

It is during this period that all those who have applied for the replacement of lost, damaged, or defaced PVCs can pick up their cards at registration areas/wards, and the same thing applies to those who registered prior to the 2019 general elections but have not yet collected them. In part, the statement reads: “The PVCs of those that applied for transfer are available for collection in the Local Governments and Registration Areas where they intend to vote and not in the State or Local Government where they carried out the transfer.

“The commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians who trooped to our various local government offices to collect their PVCs.

“In making the cards available for collection, the commission is also working to ensure that the process is simple and hitch-free for Nigerians.”

“The PVCs of those that applied for transfer are available for collection in the Local Governments and Registration Areas where they intend to vote and not in the State or Local Government where they carried out the transfer.

“The commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians who trooped to our various local government offices to collect their PVCs.

“In making the cards available for collection, the commission is also working to ensure that the process is simple and hitch-free for Nigerians.”

The INEC held a retreat in Lagos with all the administrative secretaries and resident electoral commissioners (RECs) from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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