• INEC has agreed to expand the collection of PVCs throughout the country after several complaints from Nigerians
  • The extension will take around 7-8 days depending on the area of ​​pickup by potential voters nationwide.
  • INEC also promised to deal decisively with its officials accused of discriminatory distribution of PVCs.

FCT, Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Credentials (PVC) until Sunday, January 29.

The electoral body had previously set Sunday, January 22, as the deadline for the collection of PVCs.

The electoral body says it wants all eligible Nigerians to have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Photo credit: @inecnigeria
Source: UGC

However, the decision to extend the deadline was made at a meeting on Thursday, January 12, by senior INEC officials.

INEC’s national commissioner, Festus Okoye, said in a statement seen by Legitimate.ng:

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“The commission is determined to ensure that registered voters have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs before the next election. For this reason, the PVC collection period is extended by eight days.

“Instead of ending on Sunday, January 22, 2023, PVC collection will continue through Sunday, January 29, 2023. At the moment, the collection period is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily ( including Saturdays and Sundays).

The pickup time adjustment by location is now as follows:

1. Collection at the Registration Area (District) level is expanded by one per week from Monday, January 16 to Sunday, January 22, 2023.

2. Collection at the Local Government level will resume from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January 2023.

According to him, with reports of INEC officials extorting money from Nigerians at PVC collection centers, the commission is launching an investigation into the allegations.

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“The culprits will face disciplinary action and/or prosecution.

“Similarly, the commission is concerned about allegations of discriminatory issuance of PVC in some places. This is against the law. All bona fide registrants have the right to their PVCs and to use them to vote on Election Day anywhere in the country where they are registered.”

Frequently Asked Questions about PVC, Election 2023

legit.ng provides answers to some frequently asked questions about the elections as revealed by INEC on its website.

What do I need to have to collect my PVC?

You must present your temporary voter credential to the INEC officials in order to collect your PVC.

What if I can’t find my temporary voter card?

Check your name on the distribution list during PVC distribution or at your local government INEC area office afterwards. If your name is on the registry, you will be required to fill out a certification form so that you can collect your PVC.

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Why can’t the voter registration exercise continue until a week before the election?

In accordance with the law, the registration of voters and the updating or revision of voter lists must cease at least thirty (30) days before any election and the registration to be used for the election must be certified.

INEC finally publishes list of 93.4 million registered voters

Remember that INEC recently revealed that there are 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria.

This was announced by Mahmood Yakubu, president of INEC, on Wednesday, January 11, in a meeting with the political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

At the meeting, Yakubu submitted the voter registration to political parties in accordance with the electoral act. .

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Meanwhile, Nigerians have been assured that the 2023 general election will go ahead as scheduled no matter the threat level.

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This was announced by the INEC commissioner and president of the Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

Okoye made this known as the electoral referee continues to face attacks on his facilities in different parts of the country.

Source: Legit.ng