INEC extends PVC collection deadline

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stretched further the deadline Permanent Voter Card (PVC) by one week. This makes the new deadline February 5.

INEC earlier extended the deadline for the collection of PVC’s but a National Commissioner with the electoral umpire Festus Okoye said it has been extended by one week for the second time.

He said that the extension was made after a meeting with INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

Festus Okoye said in a statement: “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. The collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9 am and end at 5 pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays.”

He urged Nigerians who are yet to pick their PVC’s, saying it is encouraged by the progress made so far in that regard. INEC also tells Nigerians to promptly report any unscrupulous actions suspected in the collection centres, adding that the body will act in accordance with the reports.

The statement further reads: “The Commission once again salutes the patience and doggedness of citizens.

“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.”