The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on Friday that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would begin across the nation from Monday, December 12, 2022, to Sunday, January 22, 2023.
The electoral body concluded on the collection dates after a retreat in Lagos with all the Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from the 36 states of the federation, and the FCT held from 28th November to 2nd December 2022, Naija News understands.
The National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement on Friday night.
The statement read: “Consequently, the Commission has fixed Monday 12 December 2022 to Sunday 22 January 2023 as the dates for collecting PVCs in all the 774 local government offices of the commission throughout the Federation.
“The commission also resolved to devolve PVC collection to the 8,809 registration areas/wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January 2023,” Okoye said.
He said those unable to collect their PVCs at the commission’s local government offices could do so at the registration areas/electoral wards.
Okoye urged all eligible and valid registrants to collect their PVCs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.
The statement: “All the RECs and Electoral Officers (EOs) have been directed to convene a meeting with the critical stakeholders in their states and local government areas, including traditional and religious leaders, civil society groups, community-based organisations and the media to brief them on the modalities for the collection of the PVCs in order to sensitise the public and ensure seamless exercise.
“Similarly, RECs and EOs have also been directed to set up help desks to assist registrants with complaints about their PVCs or with the PVC collection procedure for immediate redress.”
While commending the patience and understanding of Nigerians, especially those who registered as voters or applied for transfer/replacement of their cards from January to July 2022, the official assured that in making the cards available for collection, the commission is also working to ensure that the process is simple and hitch-free for Nigerians.