INEC extends collection of PVCs to Monday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) scheduled to end today to Monday. The collection of PVCs would also now take place from 9am to 6pm daily, including Saturday and Sunday.
The measure was taken as part of measure to ensure that all eligible voters are not prevented in any form partaking in the electoral process.
The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Friday at the regular meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
According to the INEC chairman, “In the last couple of days, we have been inundated by calls from Nigerians to review the current process of collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards. In response, the Commission has taken the following decisions:
“The collection of PVCs scheduled to end today Friday, 8th February 2019 is hereby extended nationwide to Monday, 11th February 2019. This will include Saturday and Sunday.
The INEC chairman also reiterated the readiness of the commission to leave no stone unturned towards ensuring and free, fair and credible general election.
He appealed to all those who are yet to collect their PVCs to avail themselves of the opportunity of the extension to make sure that they have their voters card. He also enjoined all state officers to make the collection process hitch free as much as possible
“All State offices are hereby directed to review the procedure for the collection of PVCs and dedicate all the staff of the Local Government offices to the collection process. Staff are enjoined to be civil in attending to citizens and to escalate issues that they cannot immediately resolve to their superiors.”
He also noted that there will be no more extension of the window of opportunity and after the expiration of the window; all uncollected PVCs will be deposited at the Central Bank for safe keeping.
He said, “We wish to reiterate that after the deadline of Monday, 11th February 2019, all uncollected PVCs will be recalled and deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safe-keeping until after the general election when the collection of cards and the continuous registration of voters will resume.”

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