The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that the deadline for collecting Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) prior to the general elections will not be extended again.
Prior to the elections, the commission stated that it must relocate its staff away from PVC issuance to other areas that require attention.
Festus Okoye, the Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee and National Commissioner of INEC, made this statement on Thursday while he was a guest on the Channels Television program “The 2023 Verdict.”
Sadly, we will not be expanding our collection of PVCs. We must immediately enter the election and complete other tasks because the extended periods are sufficient. According to Okoye, “other sectors that we need to take care of will absolutely not be taken care of if we don’t move our staff away from the issuance of PVCs.”
The INEC National Commissioner stated that the electoral umpire does not yet have complete information regarding the number of cards collected.
He continued, “We have informed all our electoral officers in all the local government of the federation and all the resident electoral commissioners to compile all the details of PVC collection based on each polling unit, based on each registration area, based on each local government, and also based on state specifics and forward immediately to INEC at the national headquarters to enable us to publish so that Nigerians will know the number of PVCs collected.” “We have informed all our electoral officers in all the local government of the
He also said that until after the elections in 2023, the commission will collect uncollected PVCs and deposit them at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).