The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has decided to further extend PVC collection in all its Local Government Offices nationwide by an additional one week. This extension is based on reports from the various States and discussions with Resident Electoral Commissioners on Saturday.
The commission through its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Bar. Festus Okoye in a press statement said the ongoing collection of PVCs nationwide will therefore continue and end on 5th February 2023. It will be recalled that at the meeting with RECs on Friday, 27th January 2023, the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu indicated that the Commission will not hesitate to consider additional measures to ensure that all citizens have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the General Election.
Having reviewed reports from all the States of the Federation, the Commission is encouraged by the progress made so far as more Nigerians troop out daily to collect their PVCs. According to Okoye “This is the second time the Commission is extending PVC collection nationwide and this will be the last extension of the exercise. Collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9am and end at 5pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays.
Those that engaged in double and multiple registration should not bother visiting any of the Commission’s Offices as the Commission did not print their PVCs.” He added that ” 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.”
However, the Commission once again salutes the patience and doggedness of citizens.